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Teen arraigned on charges of stealing $2,000 worth of clothes from his employer at Tanger

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A Ridge teen who police say stole more than $2,000 worth of clothing from his Riverhead employer was arraigned in Riverhead Town Justice Court Wednesday evening.

He was released on his own recognizance.

Prosecutors recommended setting bail at $1,000 cash to help ensure 19-year-old Norman Oates would return to court April 29, but Riverhead Town Justice Allen Smith said he was willing to take a risk the youth would appear for his next court date.

“You’re catching a break this week,” Smith told the youth, who had no prior criminal history.

Oates, who worked at True Religion at Tanger Outlets for less than a year, is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing $2,280 worth of clothing from the store between April 9 and 17, according to charges read aloud in the courtroom.

Editor’s note: A criminal charge is an accusation. By law, a person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.