Shoplifting leads to felony charge
A man with a warrant for his arrest was apparently caught on camera shoplifting.
Bodhi W. Gust, 20, Waupaca, is charged with retail theft and felony bail jumping.
On the morning of Oct. 28, Waupaca Police Officer Bret Rodenz was dispatched to the Kwik Trip on County Trunk QQ in response to a shoplifting complaint.
The assistant manager told Rodenz that when she arrived at work, she found an empty box for cough syrup on the shelf. The syrup was valued at $2.49.
Video surveillance showed two men in the aisle near the health care products. One of the men was wearing a blue jacket and a camouflage cap. He is seen apparently opening a box of cough syrup, then concealing the bottle in his jacket.
The second man was wearing an orange and black hooded sweatshirt. He is seen leaving the store about 30 seconds before the man in the blue jacket.
Later that same morning, dispatch informed Rodenz the man in the orange and black sweatshirt had returned to the store.
Rodenz went to the store and questioned the man about what had happened. He said they came to the store because Gust needed some cough syrup. He also said he did not realize Gust had taken the cough syrup without paying for it.
He then directed Rodenz to where Gust was staying on Waletta Drive in the town of Dayton. Rodenz arrested Gust on a warrant issued the prior day.
Gust was charged with second-degree sexual assault of a child and sexual assault of an intoxicated victim and released from custody on a $2,000 signature bond.
During an Oct. 27 hearing in the sexual assault case, Judge Vicki Clussman issued a warrant for Gust’s arrest after he failed to appear in court. She also set a $1,000 cash bond after Assistant District Attorney Veronica Isherwood said she had learned Gust planned to leave the state.
On Nov. 1, Judge Raymond Huber gave Gust the option of the cash bond or a $3,000 signature bond co-signed by his mother with the conditions that he reside with his mother, maintain a 10 p.m. curfew and remain in the state.
As of Tuesday, Nov. 8, he remains in jail.