Call to Evansville gas station results in bathroom deadbolt mystery for police

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Evansville Police Department

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – According to police, a gas station employee believed that a woman had been using the restroom for an extended period of time because the door was locked for almost two hours. However, when police were called to the scene, it was revealed the woman had left but somehow the bathroom door was deadbolted from the inside.

Police said it’s still a mystery how the door deadbolted from the inside.

This happened at the Circle K on US 41 and Lynch Rd.

When they arrived on the scene, police believed there was an unresponsive woman inside, so they tried to contact her several times verbally before forcing entry by breaking the door with a small sledgehammer.

The sledgehammer created a hole in the door which allowed one of the responding officers to reach for the deadbolt and unlock the door.

When inside, they realized there was no one there so they checked the ceiling area but didn’t find anyone.

The employee at the gas station then reviewed surveillance tape and realized the female did exit about three minutes after entering.

The employee apologized to police for the confusion, but the mystery of the deadbolted door still remains.

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(This story was originally published on January 30, 2020)

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