Mother-Daughter Duo Accused Of Shoplifting In Elk River

By Caroline Lowe, WCCO-TV

ELK RIVER (WCCO) — A mother and her 15-year-old daughter have been charged with shoplifting together at an Elk River Cub grocery store.

Security cameras focused on Shelli Wood and her daughter almost from the minute they walked into the store on Jan. 30, wearing sunglasses. They are seen going up and down the aisles, putting groceries in a cart, much like other shoppers.

Outside the store, a security employee is seen in a surveillance video hiding behind a pillar, apparently waiting for the mom and daughter to come out.

With their cart full, they are also seen walking right past the checkout lanes and then out the door. Moments later, security staff tries to apprehend Wood and her daughter. They get into a scuffle. Police arrive on the scene and cite Wood and her daughter for shoplifting, disorderly conduct and assault.

Wood told police she would never steal with her children and insists she was going out to her car to get her purse to pay for the groceries. She is accusing the cub security staff of using too much force in dealing with her and her daughter and is considering legal action.

She told one officer a security employee “attacked” her and they “literally jumped on them and threw them to the ground.” She also claimed one of the security employees grabbed her daughter’s hair.

The Elk River Police Chief, Brad Rolfe, reviewed the police reports.

“I am not seeing anything that indicates there was an assault on the suspects by the store staff,” he said. “A physical assault occurred, but it looks like the staff was trying to restrain the suspects and defend themselves.”

Police also issue a trespassing citation to Wood’s sister, Brittaney Wood, who was in a car in the parking lot. She had been banned from the premises days earlier after being accused of shoplifting.

A spokeswoman for Cubs declined to comment on the incident.

  • Whahaha

    Sad family….
    Lame attempt to explain why she had to go to her car with the stolen goodies.
    If you are desperate for food then seek out help. There are programs out there to help. PLEASE UTILIZE THEM.

  • Brian

    Wow how funny is this the daughter is 5’2 and 100 ponds she had a chipped tooth , sprained jaw , bruises on her face and other other injuries. obviously you need better security. you are nuts! how funny is this and the daughter walked out of the store the mother was in the 2 doors waiting . get the rest of the video . ok bye
    it takes all you guys to beat up a little girl and her mother this video is just ridiculous.

    • hopsdog

      The girl is not “little” and at age 15 know the difference between right and wrong. Shame on both of them. Mother of the year award!

  • mike

    if i was shopping and security needed help i would have helped and broke both their jaws to just get the punishment started. dirtbags need some jail and a good whooping.

  • D. Hinrichs

    Yes Brian, lets show the rest of the video.
    Lets show the part where Ms. Woods takes numerous at swings both my officer and Cub Employees, lets show this “5’2 100lb girl” assault my officer (who is also female) from behind. It can be seen in court when both Ms Wood and her daughter are on trial for theft and assault.

  • WHERE?

    WHERES THE CART? all i see is her in the store getting tackled til she got out and there is a atm machine there by the door she could of had her daughter go get the purse?

  • paab

    You do not leave a store with a shopping cart of product. Why not send the daughter out to the car to get the purse. Everyone knows that you aren’t supposed to even go into the restroom with unpaid merchandice. The truth is these people were trying to rob the cub store, hence the disquise and the sister waiting in the get away car. I hope i am on the jury.

    • LoveItOrLeaveIt

      paab, I’m with you on this one. It shouldn’t take a jury long to convict them because it’s all caught on the video. Why don’t people who are obviously guilty just plead guilty and save the taxpayers some money? Oh, then they wouldn’t get their 15 minutes of some kinda fame!

      • Yikes - bandito's 4 sure

        there a daddy in this picture? I mean the big one – like in the family?

        • she's a lousy parent

          don’t think it was an artifical insemination lol
          If there is I hope he has a wood shed out back

  • witness for the victims

    I witnessed this incident and am disgusted at how all of it went down. The victims (mother and daughter) never left the store and were assaulted by employees.

    • LoveItOrLeaveIt

      WHERE?, it’s VERY clear on the video that she left the store with the cart.

      witness for the victims, if you did, in fact, witness this incident, you’d better make sure your “eye witness account” matches the video. Lying under oath is perjury, you know. The video is clear that she left the store with cart of groceries.

      There’s help out there for people who actually need food. It sounds, though, like these people will likely have their food prepared for them — in jail! LOL

    • Hopsdog

      You must be a relative if you are a witness. The video doesn’t lie.

    • Tom Willard


    • Richard isn't buying it

      you so full of the bull’s waste you almost generate a laugh…..not
      you the one driving the car?

  • Crash

    Really? how the hell is it shoplifting? I dont see the cart come out of the building, ..And Really, what kind of adult uses that kind of force on a 15 yr old girl? you have got to be kidding me..

    • LoveItOrLeaveIt

      Crash, you need a vision check if you can’t see the cart coming out of the store. It’s clearly shown on the video.

      Just because a girl is 15 doesn’t mean she doesn’t know how to fight and can’t inflict injuries. This 15 year old obviously knows how to do both as seen on the video.

      Maybe the whole idea of this lame brained idea of leaving a store with a grocery cart of groceries was to get caught and cry “excessive force”. There are many who try to get something for nothing. The shoplifting didn’t work out so they are probably going for their Plan B: Sue for “excessive force”. What a bunch of lazy turnips these 3 women are. Why not get a job and earn the grocery money? –or go to the food shelf for help?

      • ohoh

        we all pay for what these women and others steal. It really isnt small time, it is multi millions of dollars lost to this kind of crime. They had a contingency plan to cry foul if they were caught. If I had forgotten my money in my vehicle i would Never leave the store with a cart full to “get my purse”, also these women were obviously in disquise.

    • fred

      denial…..not just a river in Africa

      • SB

        Hope that’s not what you’re teaching your kids. The Nile is in Africa.

  • Joe

    She should lose custody of her daughter. I don’t really care what security did to them. She obviously is not fit to be a mother. Its not like they were stealing food because they were hungry, they were stealing makeup and dvds.

  • Briguy

    hey the lady that walked out of the store when the guy was down isnt even the mom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Singer

    They should make an example out of these people. Make them do lots of volunteering and give back to the community!

  • Victim Du Jour

    They must be getting Food Stamps, what are they using their food Stamps for?

    And yes, the security cams showed them leave without paying. Now they are getting a lawyer?

    Beware of the Welfare Mother Industrial Complex.

    • The Trend

      So true- a woman gets caught dead to rights and immediately turns herself into the victim- and then express outrage that they aren’t believed.

    • pahleasse!!

      How do u kow they are getting foodstamps???…if they were, and werent stealing u would still have something to say negative about “welfare moms” right?…get over it! its a clear case of shoplifting no matter what the merchandise welfare has nothing to do with it..they got the beat down that was coming to them and please believe the county will not go light on them…have no fear

  • havefunincustody

    They should have just stuffed the food in their pants like Stefanie Mooreland who stole the fur coat by stufffing it in her special / cut out underwear (even had it there while in jail). Crazy people’ steal groceries and drive a fancy car.

  • Yax

    Obviously the stealing was wrong, but at the same time, it doesn’t excuse the brutal assault that took place. Just sayin.

    • KYnative

      Brutal force??? What do you suggest they do?? Talk???? Obviously you’ve never been around polished criminals. That other lady was waiting for them. If he had not taken them down she’d of come by and picked them up and off they’d go to another store. Your comment is ridiculous. This is why police can’t do their jobs. People like you call doing their job ‘excessive’. This is America, not LaLa land.

  • Troy

    The nut doesn’t fall far from the tree

  • It is what it is

    I have been in Corrections for over 20 years and anyone can inflict bodily harm on another. Thin, small, large, male or female, all can cause harm. Security that attempts to keep others safe are always on the line.and the first to be scrutinized by those who have no idea what we do every day to keep all of you safe from people like these three.II have been attacked by men and women on the job and there us bi difference, an attack is an attack.My guess is this woman will get off with a slap on the hand.

  • Dredd

    make an example out of them to discourage such behaviour from middle class Americans. slap on the wrist….more like a slap to the face to those of us who try to teach our kids that crime does not pay. Id bet this is not the first time they have pulled a stunt like this. to be so bold takes practice.

  • Mr Honesty

    I took a 60 inch flat screen tv out to my car to get my check book once. Then I remembered I left my check book at home. Maybe I should go back and pay for it? Oh well whats the hurry it’s only been two years.

  • Dave Seavy

    I’ll bet any amount of money that before it’s all over, they’ll claim a security guard molested either the mother, the daughter, or both. When all else fails, make a sexual assault claim – works every time! Obviously this pair has a reputation for shoplifting at the store, since the cameras were watching them from the moment they walked in. I’m in the security business – people try to claim the cameras were wrong. Its laughable.

  • Tom Willard

    It still amazes me that no matter how flagrant or obvious the crime, and no matter how stupid the criminals, there are still people that will defend them and their idiotic actions.

    Living in denial. It must be a weird way to go through life.

  • momoffour

    i work at a grocery store and this family is on our trespass list as well with many other stores in my area. what they do is they start with one town and once they are busted they move to another area. why do they keep letting them go. i think all the police departments need to gettogether and read the police records of these people.

    • KYnative

      They need to be put in jail and do some time so they don’t do it again!

  • Ralph bets against the fibs

    Funny as he!! – if these gals were of a different skin color I wonder if even one person would sit here and defend them? Don’t think so for a minute as there is nothing to defend.
    I’d love to be someone who actually knows them and hear the bs spin firsthand. I’d be laughing so hard I’d fear I’d wet me pants. Any chance they part of ol’ Charlie Sheen’s MN nest….just wondering as the attitude and denial seems the same. lol
    Not a bad ride they had awaiting them after they finished their “job” – maybe need to look into how that was acquired too. Only kidding …. maybe

  • What are you Thinking?

    The plan was to shoplift the whole time! The were both wearing sunglasses while in the store shopping and her sister was banned from the store from shoplifting and waiting in the car. People need to pull there head out and quit making excuses for these people.

  • sueable

    Let them get away with this??? ONly if you want to pay more for your food. I sure cannot do that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes, they did walk out of the store. Send the dear child for the purse, unless you do not trust her !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Linda Lutz

    I love the fact that they want to sue the store. They are not victims they are criminals. They should hang their heads in shame. Thank God for video camera’s. Trash Trash.

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