WOMAN CLIMBS IN BIG LOTS CEILING TO AVOID SHOPLIFTING ARREST, IT DIDN'T WORK
A shoplifting incident ended in multiple criminal charges for Kristina Perkins, 37, after she climbed into the ceiling of the Big Lots store in Port Charlotte, FL on October 3, 2019 to avoid a shoplifting arrest after she was caught stealing.
Big Lots was evacuated due to the danger of Kristina falling through the ceiling. Over the course of several hours, a systematic search of the ceiling was completed. A deputy located Kristina's bag during search.
The purse contained three syringes and a spoon with white residue that tested positive for Morphine.
Kristina was eventually arrested after a search of the ceiling that involved multiple deputies and assistance from personnel with the Charlotte County Fire Department and Charlotte County Facilities.
Kristina is charged with Felony Criminal Mischief, Petit Theft (3rd Offense, Felony), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting a Merchant, and Resisting Law Enforcement without Violence.