A 63-year-old Wausau man is now charged after investigators say he pretended to be a police officer to get his daughter out of jail.
According to court documents, on November 24, the Marathon County Jail received a call from a man requesting the charges against Autumn Woodward, 28, be reduced to a misdemeanor and that her bond be changed to a signature bond. The man said he was an officer in training, but could not provide information about his badge number.
It was later determined the man was the defendant's father, Bradley Woodward.
Autumn Woodward is accused of taking 137 items, totaling $1,440,80, from Wal-Mart without paying for them.
Bradley Woodward later admitted to making the call saying he could not care for his daughter's three young children the next day.
Autumn Woodward was not let out of jail.
Bradley Woodward has pleaded not guilty to impersonating a peace officer and obstructing an officer. A trial date has been set for March 19.
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