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Repeat Walmart shoplifter pleads guilty to felony, enters drug treatment

LOCKPORT – A man who was banned from the North Tonawanda Walmart because of repeated thefts pleaded guilty to a felony Wednesday and was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Charles E. Myers, 39, of Pierce Avenue, Niagara Falls, faces up to seven years in prison for third-degree burglary and petit larceny if he fails in the two-year drug program, but if he succeeds, his charge will be reduced to a misdemeanor with a nonjail sentence.

Myers’ three most recent shoplifting arrests at the North Tonawanda store – April 9 and 21 and Aug. 10 – resulted in the charges being upgraded to a felony because he had been barred from the premises. He was out on bail on the first two arrests when he was arrested on the third occasion.