Shoplifter trapped in store after closing calls 911

Suspect was hiding in changing room

Screeenshot from after-hours surveillance video from inside the store.

Brimfield Township Police Department

Screeenshot from after-hours surveillance video from inside the store.

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Joanne Havens

KENT, Ohio (AP) — Ohio police say a suspected shoplifter called 911 for help after she hid in a fitting room at closing time and got locked inside a department store.

Brimfield Township police say surveillance video from the incident at a Kohl's store late last month shows her taking clothing items, then realizing she's trapped in the store near Kent, roughly 35 miles (56 kilometers) southeast of Cleveland. Police say officers already were heading to the store when she called 911 because she set off alarms.

WJW-TV (http://bit.ly/2oBol3Q ) reports 35-year-old Joanne Havens told police she heard the store-closing announcements and simply didn't leave in time.

But officers say they found stolen items in her purse.

The Ravenna (rah-VEHN'-uh) woman has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor theft charge. Court records listed no attorney for her.