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Man nicknamed 'Willy Wonka' pleads guilty to multiple crimes

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This is Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. Not the man who was arrested in an ATM theft ring who has the nickname Willy Wonka. RIP Gene Wilder. This is Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka. Not the man who was arrested in an ATM theft ring who has the nickname Willy Wonka. RIP Gene Wilder.
SALEM, Mass. -

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 up 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.
  
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Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com

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