News Department

Man gets probation for shoplifting from Sussex County Walmart

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Maryland man was sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to shoplifting charges, according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

Wendell Bates, 55, of Westminster was sentenced before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C., at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on December 2, Koch said.

Bates was sentenced to two years of probation, was ordered to immediately pay restitution of $479.59, submit a DNA sample and pay fines and fees totaling $280.00, Koch said.

Bates pled guilty on September 22, 2021 to third-degree conspiracy and third-degree shoplifting, Koch said.

According to Koch, Bates was complicit in taking merchandise from the Hampton Walmart on January 27, 2018, without paying.

Bates was represented by William J. Oake, Esq., and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Donald F. Cox, Jr.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

Related Articles

Back to top button