The Price For Jäger, Jack, And Some Marlboros? Four Years For This Neighborhood Menace.

A neighborhood pest whose lengthy list of run-ins with businesses and residents ended after he robbed a local 7-Eleven and a Walgreens has reached a plea deal.

Bensfield (Illinois Dept of Corrections)

Raymond Bensfield, 40, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft last week and received two four-year sentences to be served concurrently.

Bensfield pretended to have a gun as he took five packs of Marlboros and two bottles of Jack Daniel’s from the 7-Eleven store at 2619 N. Clark in early January.

The next morning, Bensfield walked into the Walgreens at 2817 N. Clark and claimed to have a gun when workers tried to stop him from stealing a bottle of Jägermeister, prosecutors said.

In the months before the robberies, Bensfield was arrested several times in the same area for charges such as shoplifting, battery, and aggravated assault with a knife.

He has been sentenced to prison twice before in Illinois, receiving a three year sentence for arson in 1995 and a six year sentence for armed robbery in 2010, according to state records.

He arrived at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet on Friday.

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