UPDATE: Teen Charged for Role in Marshfield Grocery Store Robbery Pleads Not Guilty

By: Clare Kaley Email
By: Clare Kaley Email
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UPDATE: Mon 4:25 PM, Oct. 14, 2013

The 17-year-old Arpin teen accused of encouraging a 13-year-old to rob a grocery store in Marshfield says he's not guilty.

Cordell Ellingson entered the plea in Wood County Circuit Court Monday, after a judge ruled there is enough evidence for the case to head to trial.

Ellingson is charged with contributing to the delinquency of minor. Prosecutors say Ellingson encouraged a 13-year-old to demand cash from the 96-year-old owner of Wolf's Grocery Store in July. Investigators say the 13-year-old also displayed a pocket knife during the incident.

Cordell says it was the minor's idea to rob the store, but detectives believe Cordell played an important part.

Ellingson is due back in court on November 22nd for a clerical court proceeding.

UPDATE: Tues 2:53 PM, Sept. 10, 2013

A 17-year-old Arpin teen charged with encouraging a 13-year-old to rob a Marshfield grocery store in July has now been charged.

Cordell Ellingson is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He'll return to court on Sept. 24 to a enter a plea.

The 13-year-old is accused of entering Wolf's Grocery Store, displaying a pocket knife and demanding cash from the store's owner. The owner, a 96-year-old woman, refused to hand over any money, but did offer the suspect tootsie rolls.

The 13-year-old was expected to be charged with attempted armed robbery, but information regarding court proceedings and penalties will not be released due to the suspect's age.

The Marshfield Police Chief said the motive was to get money so they could buy gas to drive their truck around.

UPDATED: Thur 10:56 AM, Aug 15, 2013

Two teens are expected to be charged after a 96-year-old woman was confronted by a robber one month ago.

On Thursday, the Marshfield Police Department issued a news stating a 13-year-old Marshfield boy and a 17-year-old Arpin teen had been arrested.

Police said both teens were interviewed and confessed to their involvement.

The 13-year-old, who's name will not be released because he is a minor, admitted to entering the store wearing a mask to conceal his identity, displayed a pocket knife, and demanded money. The store's owner, Marge Wolf, 96, refused to surrender the money and the suspect fled. A felony charge is being requested through juvenile court for attempted armed robbery.

The 17-year-old suspect has been identified by police as Cordell Ellingson. He will be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for encouraging the younger teen to commit the armed robbery.


UPDATED: Wed 8:12 PM, July 17, 2013

Wisdom sometimes comes with age, but it was bravery and a strong will that showed in a Marshfield woman.

She was face-to-face with an armed robber, and she didn't even flinch.

"Nobody knows me by Margaretta," Margaretta Wolf said. "They say who's that?"

If people didn't know her as the sweet, 96-year-old granny who sells candy by the piece before, they know her now as a hard-willed woman who won't be pushed around.

"I said,'take your mask off so I can see who you are,'" Wolf said.

The phone as been ringing nonstop at her 53-year-old Wolf's Grocery Store since Monday after she told an armed, masked robber in his 20s to take a hike when he entered her store with a 3-inch pocket knife.

"I said, 'I'm not opening no cash register,'" Wolf said.

Wolf said the man entered her store with a silver mask and black head wrap around 11:30 a.m. and demanded that she give him money or walk away from the register.

"You can have all the Tootsie Rolls you want," Wolf said. "But I am not opening that cash register."

She said he looked at her lone surveillance camera and the sign on her door for a little bit before she spoke again.

"I said, 'Why don't you just go,'" Wolf said. "'Just get out of here.'"

The man did just that, and police said they haven't found him yet.

"This is not a common practice," Marshfield Police Lieutenant Rick Gramza said. "We would suggest that you do what they say. Give them what they want. Be a good witness, and let them leave so no one gets injured."

Longtime friend Joel Strack has known marge since childhood and says she's always been this way.

"What a lady. I had to stop and see the hero," Strack said. "I'm glad she stood up for her rights and challenged the person that tried to take advantage of her."

If someone were to try again, you bet she's ready with her emergency buttons and other survival tools.

With a sunny smile, wall of candy and years of wisdom, one thing can be discovered under the wrapper of this gritty granny: the ageless power to stand up for what it right.

Marge is looking to sell the store, but she said it certainly wasn't this would-be robber that scared her off.

She's just ready to retire.

Police say they've gotten a number of tips on Facebook, but still are looking to identify this individual who attempted to rob Wolf's.

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