She was running from police, but it’s where a shoplifter chose to hide that has some arbutus customers in disbelief.

Amy Yensi has the details.

It was about $8.00 worth of groceries, but it cost police 7 hours and a lot of resources.

SWAT teams, a mandatory evacuation and a scissor lift–Baltimore County police pulling out all the stops to arrest a shoplifter who lodged herself above the highest walls of the Giant store in Arbutus.

Crews erring on the side of caution, fearing where the shoplifter was hiding could cause the ceiling to collapse.

Police say the woman climbed on top of some items, making her way into the area above the ceiling.

Sky-Eye Chopper 13 was over the 4600 block of Wilckens Avenue as authorities were on scene.

The suspect’s unusual escape route forced to police shutdown the store.

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