Thief stole thousands of dollars of cigarettes from Walgreens stores — while on bail for stealing thousands of dollars of cigarettes from Walgreens stores, prosecutors say

Kendrick Archibald | CPD

A man on bail for allegedly stealing over $4,000 worth of cigarettes from a suburban Walgreens — and on bail for stealing loads of cigarettes from a Walgreens in Grundy County — was charged Wednesday with doing the same thing at three of retailer’s Chicago stores. But he is suspected of committing many, many more cigarette raids at Walgreens in the city since June.

Prosecutors yesterday charged Kendrick Archibald, 33, with three counts of felony retail theft — one day after CWBChicago reported that police were questioning him.

Archibald is charged with stealing $1,467 worth of cigarettes from Walgreens at 6310 North Nagle on the evening of June 26. Two men raided the same store Monday and a customer recorded the theft on their phone.

On October 14, Archibald and another man stole $884 worth of cigarettes from Walgreens at 2440 West North Avenue and $4,600 worth of smokes from the 3110 West Armitage location, prosecutors said. Several other Walgreens stores were hit that evening, including a River North location where the thieves came face-to-face with a concealed carry holder. Archibald is not charged with those other thefts.

Archibald has a pending felony retail theft case for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of cigarettes from a suburban Walgreens on September 13, prosecutors said. He paid $2,000 to get out of jail on electronic monitoring in that case, an assistant state’s attorney said during Wednesday’s bond hearing.

Court records show he is also on bail for burglary in Skokie and on bail for another burglary in Grundy County, where he’s accused of stealing cigarettes from behind the counter of a Walgreens in Grundy County.

Several dozen similar raids have been reported at Walgreens stores across Chicago over the past few months, but Archibald is the only person who has been charged.

He has previous felony convictions for forgery in 2019 and 2005, theft in 2018, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in 2017, and retail theft in 2012.

Judge Charles Beach ordered him held without bail for violating the terms of bond in the Skokie and suburban cases. Beach set bail on the new charges at $70,000 and ordered Archibald to go on electronic monitoring if he becomes eligible for release.

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