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Man pleads guilty to shoplifting from Sussex County Walmart

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A Maryland man has pleaded guilty to shoplifting merchandise from the Hampton Walmart, according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

Wendell Bates, 55, of Westminster pled guilty to third-degree conspiracy and third-degree shoplifting before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C., at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton on September 22, Koch said.

In pleading guilty, Bates admitted complicity in taking merchandise from the Hampton Walmart on January 27, 2018, without paying, Koch said.

Bates is scheduled to be sentenced on December 2, Koch said.

The case was investigated by Tpr. J. Celi of the New Jersey State Police.

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

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