Man Nicknamed Willy Wonka Pleads Guilty to Multiple Crimes - NBC Connecticut

Man Nicknamed Willy Wonka Pleads Guilty to Multiple Crimes

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    The leader of a multistate ATM and vehicle burglary ring known as Willy Wonka or the "Chocolate Man" has pleaded guilty to 60 charges.

    The Salem News reports that 47-year-old William "Willy Wonka" Rodriguez pleaded guilty Thursday to his role in crimes in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut that netted more than $300,000 in property and currency.

    The Lawrence man was one of five people arrested in August during a police investigation dubbed Operation Golden Ticket.

    Rodriguez remains jailed on $500,000 bail pending sentencing Nov. 7, where he faces 10 to 12 years in prison.

    Authorities say the gang wore black clothing and masks, carried police scanners, two-way radios and power tools. They often stole vehicles, which they used to crash into businesses so they could steal ATMs.