A Florida woman who was wanted for shoplifting in the Big Lot was arrested after trying to take her on a no less traditional route: the ceiling.
Christina Perkins, 37, was in a shop in Port Charlotte for several hours on a Thursday night before she "walked into a women's restroom with a basket full of merchandise."
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The store manager tried to check on Perkins in the bathroom, but noticed "several trash cans, stating" in the news of the incident.
Perkins was told that she had been caught, and police were on her way, but she never left the bathroom. The manager came inside to check on her and noticed that "the tile was missing from the ceiling" and Perkins was nowhere to be seen.
Eventually, deputies spotted Perkins "several times, removing the tile from different points in the ceiling." She allegedly didn't listen to their commands stop and kept crawling through the ceiling. [
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which lasted about six hours.
When attempting to capture Perkins, a deputy found her purse, which reportedly contained "three syringes and a white-residue spoon that tested positive for morphine."
Eventually, at about 1.40 in the morning, Perkins was spotted descending from the ceiling using a stack of shelves. She was arrested when she made her way to the ground.
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Big lots, according to the sheriff's office, have suffered "significant damage to their ceiling, channel work and drywall" and
Perkins was charged with felony theft, drug theft, drug theft, confronting the trader and confronting law enforcement without violence.