Shoplifter found in the ceiling

CHELSEA, Massachusetts (WHDH) – An accused shoplifter’s attempted escape didn’t work out like she’d hoped.

When workers confronted the would-be thief inside a Chelsea, Massachusetts Market Basket grocery store she took off she ended up in the store’s ceiling.

Store employees said they saw 26-year-old Laura Balm of Bedford putting items in her bag and trying to hide it underneath a shopping cart.

When Balm was confronted, she went to manager’s office. She apparently pulled a knife on the manager.

He managed to wrestle it away and that’s when she tried to escape through the roof.

“She looked like a spider woman,” said one witness.

“She had traveled throughout the whole structure just trying get away. She finally ended up stuck in basically a wall,” said Capt. Ed Buckley of the Chelsea Fire Department.

Balm was eventually arrested. She faces a number of charges including shoplifting and assault with a deadly weapon.

 

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