Walmart trip leads to theft, sexual assault charges www.privateofficer.com
La Crosse WI June 14 2012 A La Crosse man was charged with theft and sexual assault after police say he wandered through a Walmart Sunday afternoon taking clothes, sampling groceries and fondling customers.
Store security officers said Peter J. Solberg spent about 45 minutes in the store on Mormon Coulee road putting on clothes and walking around the store, according to police reports. He ate groceries and deli items, took a drink from a bottle of chilled wine and grabbed a woman’s buttocks before exiting the store, leaving behind a black tote bag and a pair of khaki shorts.
Security officers said they gave Solberg several chances to pay for the items but he refused to speak to them.
Another woman approached as an officer was taking a report and said Solberg had also touched her daughter’s buttocks.
Solberg denied being at Walmart until an officer pointed out the price tag on his shorts. Told that police would need his shoes, socks and shorts as evidence, Solberg mentioned that his shirt also belonged to Walmart.
Solberg, 40, was charged Monday with misdemeanor theft, fourth-degree sexual assault, disorderly conduct and bail jumping, all misdemeanors.