Accused shoplifter tries to escape grocery store by climbing into the ceiling
POSTED: Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 1:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — 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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