The girl was wandering through Collins Street Prison with a friend when she accidentally locked herself inside one of the prison’s cells, WJOL reports.
Illinois police said the facility had been closed to the public since 2002, but the two girls managed to sneak in through a hole in the fence on Monday afternoon.
“About 2:45 p.m., they were wandering around the building when one of them managed to lock herself inside a cell,” Joliet Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Stromberg told The Herald-News. “They didn’t call 911, but did call the fire department’s front office.”
Firefighters arrived at the scene in less than an hour and used a sledgehammer to break through a brick wall to set her free.
“Her jail time was about 45 minutes,” Stromberg said.
Illinois teen rescued after locking self in shuttered prison
A teenage girl who slipped into an abandoned Illinois prison for an urban adventure ended up serving a short sentence when she accidentally locked herself inside a cell.
Illinois State Police say two teenage girls entered the Joliet Correctional Center through a hole in its fence Monday.
Joliet Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike Stromberg says the teens were exploring the suburban Chicago prison that's been closed since 2002 when one of them locked herself inside a cell.
The other girl got firefighters to the site, and they used a sledgehammer to break through a brick wall and free her companion.