Man’s charged with robbing two Loop stores, stabbing an employee who confronted him

Shawn Dodd (2018) | CPD

A man who’s been arrested 15 times since 2014 was accused Tuesday of robbing two stores in the Loop during July and stabbing one of the businesses’ employees. Shawn Dodd, 25, is charged with armed robbery, robbery, and aggravated battery.

On July 17, a man entered a cellular store on the 100 block of West Madison and began stealing phone chargers that were secured by lock devices to a display. He collected 25 chargers before an employee intervened and tried to recover the property.

The man struggled with the worker and stabbed the victim four times in the arm with a pointed object, according to prosecutors. The man fled on a bike, and the victim was treated for puncture wounds at a hospital.

Five days later, the same man entered Walgreens, 79 West Monroe, and began filling a garbage bag with merchandise, prosecutors said. The offender threatened an employee who confronted him, continued to fill the bag with store inventory, then left with the bag of merchandise.

Prosecutors said Dodd was identified as the man who robbed both stores. Police arrested him this week.

Judge John Lyke set bail at $75,000. Dodd must post 10% of that amount to get out of jail on electronic monitoring. Lyke ordered Dodd to pay an additional $1,000 deposit for violating the terms of bond in a pending misdemeanor battery case.

In February 2016, Dodd pleaded guilty to punching a 53-year-old woman and robbing her of $30 in the 5900 block of North Kenmore the previous September. He was sentenced to three years in prison, but Judge William Lacy recommended Dodd for an alternative boot camp program.

Then, in August 2018, he allegedly snatched money from a 43-year-old man in Wrigleyville and punched the victim in the face when he confronted Dodd outside Wrigley Field. Prosecutors declined to file robbery charges in that case, settling instead for misdemeanor counts of battery and theft. The outcomes of those charges were not immediately available.

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