A 96-year-old Marshfield woman is doing fine after someone tried to rob her mom-and-pop grocery store at knife-point in broad day light. Marge Wolf says a young man, probably in his 20s, entered her small neighborhood grocery store just before noon Monday, pulled out what she described as a pocket-knife, and demanded money.
“I said ‘take that mask off so I can see who you are, because I think I know you,'” Wolf said. She said the man then directed to her to open her register. “I am not opening up my cash register. You want Tootsie Rolls, I’ll give you a bag, and you can have all the Tootsie Rolls you want.”
AUDIO: Marge Wolf (:30)
Wolf threatened to press the medic-alert button she wears around her neck. That’s when the robber told her to walk to the back of the store. She refused that order as well. That’s when the suspect flashed his knife. Marge again stood her ground. The suspect got frustrated, looked around, and then noticed security cameras, and left.
Wolf believes the would-be thief was a repeat customer. She also thinks the suspect was one of the sixth grade students who broke into the store and stole cigarettes a number of years ago. Marge has operated the neighborhood store for 54 years. She says it’s up for sale, and has a few interested parties.
Mike Warren, WDLB