Woman Shoplifted From Kohl's, Hid In The Changing Room, Then Called 911 For Help

She called the police for help who were already on their way to arrest her.

By Aimée Lutkin

A 35-year-old woman named Joanne Havens attempted to outwit employees at a Kohl’s department store in Kent, Ohio, by hiding in a changing room until the store had closed for the night. Fox 5 News reports that security footage shows Haven exiting the room, then moving throughout the store and stealing various items. When she attempted to leave, she found all the exits were locked.

The Associated Press reports that Haven then decided to call the police to come and help her out of the store, unaware that there were already officers on their way because she had tripped the store alarm. When they arrived, Haven initially said that she had heard the announcement that the store was closing, but didn't exit in time.

Police then searched Haven, finding several stolen products in her purse. She pled not guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge, according to records.

[Image: Portage County Police]

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