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Woman dies in Staples bathroom after inhaling 10 stolen cans of aerosol spray

By Mason White 1:40 PM April 11, 2016
Can of aerosol spray (illustration) 

By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A woman was found dead in a Staples bathroom after allegedly stealing numerous cans of aerosol spray and inhaling them, police in Pennsylvania said.

Philadelphia police said that the incident unfolded in the Staples located in the 7700 block of Germantown Avenue on Friday night.

A store clerk told investigators that he observed the woman enter the bathroom around 9:30 p.m.

When she failed to come out of the bathroom for three house, managers forced open the door and found her lying on the floor unconscious.

They immediately called the police, who arrived at the scene and observed 10 empty cans of aerosol spray on the floor of the bathroom.

The 36-year-old woman, who was not identified, had two full cans of aerosol spray in her purse. All cans were stolen from the store.

The woman inhaled the cans of spray despite a warning on the label that doing so can be fatal.