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Published: Monday, August 19, 2019 @ 11:05 AM
By: Breaking News Staff
BELLEFONTAINE — People fled a Bellefontaine movie theater in a panic Friday night after a theft suspect making noise resulted in people thinking he had a gun, according to police.
Officers responded to a report of a person with a gun at Chakeres Cinema 8 around 8:43 p.m. Friday.
Once on the scene, officers found a theft suspect who reportedly entered the theater with stolen items from a local store.
The suspect went into the dark theater to open packaging on the items, making a noise that caused people around him to “flee and panic,” said Lt. Christopher Marlow.
Other patrons started shouting that the man had a weapon, he added.
No weapon was observed by people at the theater and no weapons were found during the investigation.