Mar 26, 2020 1:00 AM

Man accused of licking Walmart items in coronavirus prank

Posted Mar 26, 2020 1:00 AM
Cody Pfister remains in custody -photo Warrenton police
Cody Pfister remains in custody -photo Warrenton police

WARREN COUNTY, Mo. —Law enforcement authorities are investigating a man accused in a coronavirus prank.

A man identified as Cody Lee Pfister, 26, Warrenton, who took a video of  licking the merchandise after making a "Corona Virus" statement at Walmart and posting it to social media has been taken into custody, according to a media release from police.

This particular video, which won't be shared here, has gained some international attention and we have received numerous reports about the video from locals, nearby residents, as well as people from the Netherlands, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, according to the release.

We take these complaints very seriously and would like to thank all of those who reported the video so the issue could be addressed."

Pfister has previous convictions for burglary, theft of a firearm, disorderly conduct and driving while intoxicated, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Missouri's death toll from the coronavirus rose to eight on Wednesday. The state had reported over 350 confirmed cases.