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Shock moment cops find woman living inside supermarket sign that she’d turned into an apartment with ‘kitchen & office’

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THIS is the startling moment police discovered a woman living inside a sign on the roof of a supermarket.

The 34-year-old had turned a tiny space into a cosy home – kitting it out with a kitchen, an office and even a coffee maker.

Cops found a woman living inside a grocery store sign

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Cops found a woman living inside a grocery store signCredit: Midland Police Department
The triangle-shaped rooftop sign was 5ft wide and 8ft high

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The triangle-shaped rooftop sign was 5ft wide and 8ft highCredit: AP
Cops found the woman had kitted the space out with different amenities

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Cops found the woman had kitted the space out with different amenitiesCredit: Midland Police Department

Video footage shows the moment the resident is rumbled as cops open the door and tell her “you’re coming out right now”.

The woman told officers she had been living behind the triangle-shaped sign – approximately 5ft wide and 8ft high – for a year.

Her hidey-hole was discovered by contractors hired to work on the busy Family Fare store in Midland, 130 miles north of Detroit, Michigan in the US.

She appeared to have worked hard to transform the cramped space into a comfortable abode.

One of the workers saw an extension cord on the roof and stumbled upon the woman in her make-shift home where she had space for a printer, a coffee machine, and a computer, police said.

She had also reportedly laid down flooring and bedding, and had houseplants too.

Officer Brennon Warren from the Midland Police Department said the woman was homeless and added: “It’s a story that makes you scratch your head, just somebody living up in a sign.”

He explained that the woman’s makeshift home was accessed via a door from the roof.

When the woman emerged she was donning an all black puma tracksuit with a ski mask, gloves, and ski googles.

She told cops she chose to wear this as she was allergic to the sun, they said.

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Footage obtained by MLive captured the moment the squatter was escorted away on April 23.

Law enforcement was able to convince the woman to open the small metal door to the sign.

They tell her: “You’re coming out right now, you have no time, you’re coming with us.”

Officers said they were impressed by the squatter’s “apartment”, calling it “pretty genius”.

One told her: “People gave seen you up here. Believe it or not, you have a nickname.”

The woman says: “Spiderman?”, before the cop replies: “No, roof ninja.”

They assured the woman they would collect all her possessions and deliver them to her.

She said she was trying to get away from people, and requested they didn’t contact her family.

“At this point, you’re not in any trouble whatsoever,” the cop replies. “You’re an adult. I don’t need to tell anybody your business.”

The woman, who described herself as homeless, did not reveal how she got onto the roof but she did refer to it as “an old safe spot”.

Despite being forced to leave her shelter, she still sweetly offered the officers non-alcohol ginger root beverages, to which they politely declined with a chuckle.

They also complimented her clean space, joking that she ate healthier than they did.

The woman was not issued a fine as she left without making a fuss.

After the story went viral, Family Fare donated $10,000 to Midland’s Open Door, a homeless shelter in Midland.

It comes as security guards at a shopping mall were stunned when they discovered a man had allegedly been living under the staircase for six months.

The resourceful youngster had made himself quite at home fitting out his cabin with a tent, a table, a computer and even an ergonomic chair.

Some viewers called the man a “parasite” and said he could be dangerous while others praised his savvy rent-avoiding tactics.

The woman was discovered by contractors curious about an extension cord on the roof

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The woman was discovered by contractors curious about an extension cord on the roofCredit: AP
The woman left without protest

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The woman left without protestCredit: Midland Police Department
The space could reportedly be accessed via the roof

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The space could reportedly be accessed via the roofCredit: Midland Police Department

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