5 arrested in crime ring led by man nicknamed Willy Wonka

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SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Massachusetts authorities say they have shut down a multi-state ATM and vehicle theft ring run by a career criminal known as Willy Wonka or “the Chocolate Man.”

The six-month investigation that led to five arrests was called Operation Golden Ticket and involved 50 law enforcement agencies.

William “Willy Wonka” Rodriguez was held on $500,000 bail after pleading not guilty Thursday to 60 charges connected to crimes in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Connecticut that netted more than $300,000 in property and currency.

Nelson Rodriguez was held on $60,000 bail after pleading not guilty to 44 charges.

They aren’t related.

A third defendant was held on $1,000 bail. Two suspects remain at large.

William Rodriguez’s attorney agreed with bail. Nelson Rodriguez’s attorney said his client deserves the “dignity” of going home on bail.

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