Spoiled social media transaction leads to theft charges
Sunday evening, officers responded to a shoplifting complaint at a local store.
Upon arrival, store employees showed officers video surveillance footage of a male and a female, identified as 23-year-old Cody Wolff and 20-year-old Natalie Bord, inside the store and removing “Go Pro” cameras, then hiding them around the store. Wolff was later identified on social media attempting to sell several other “Go Pro” cameras.
An off-duty Merrill officer made contact with Wolff via social media and arranged for a meeting to purchase the items. However rather than the off-duty officer arriving, the investigating officer arrived instead and made contact with Wolff and Bord.
According to officer notes, two of the cameras were reportedly seized while Bord and Wolff were brought to the Merrill Police Department for interviews.
Wolff then led the officer back to the store and showed the hidden Go Pro cameras which he intended to come back and recover on a later date. A felony retail theft charge for Wolff will be recommended to the Lincoln County District Attorney’s office.