Police say a woman was arrested last week after she broke into a Springfield Big Lots store, climbed into the ceiling and then came crashing down to the floor.
Amanda L. Chandler, 30, was charged Thursday with second-degree burglary after police say they found her rummaging through the cash register at Big Lots in the middle of the night.
According to a probable cause statement, police were dispatched to the Big Lots on Kansas Expressway near Kearney Street just after 2 a.m. Thursday because the alarm was going off.
The responding officer noticed a window was broken out near the entrance of the business. The officer saw a woman — later identified as Chandler — standing toward the front of the business looking through a cash register, according to the statement.
The officer shined a flashlight at Chandler, and she ducked down and then ran to the back of the business, according to the statement.
Once she reached the back of the business, the statement says, Chandler climbed into the ceiling in a back storage area.
Chandler then fell through the ceiling in the women's restroom, according to the statement.
The officer arrested Chandler after the fall, the statement says, and transported her to the Greene County Jail.
While at the jail, Chandler allegedly told a detective with the Springfield Police Department she remembered being in the ceiling but she did not remember how she got there.
Chandler is being held in the Greene County Jail on $15,000 bond. She does not have an attorney listed for this case.
Photos: 2016 STL area mug shots