Man charged with shoplifting 18 times from Target stores is ‘surprised’ they kept records on him, Chicago police report says

CHICAGO — A man who got arrested for allegedly shoplifting from a Lincoln Park Target store while on pretrial release for allegedly shoplifting from the same Target store ten times told Chicago police officers that he was surprised to learn that the store kept detailed records of his theft activities.

Renard Smith, 53, managed to get arrested for shoplifting three times during February, according to Chicago police records. But Target security officers had been keeping track of his previous thefts, and prosecutors filed charges against Smith in those cases, CPD reports say.

On February 10, he was charged with misdemeanor retail theft after security at Marshall’s, 3131 North Clark, said he tried to shoplift $316 worth of men’s underwear. Judge Charles Beach released him the next day, and Smith failed to show up for court two days after that, court records show.

He wasn’t AWOL for long.

Three days after missing court, he got arrested again for allegedly shoplifting $66 worth of merchandise from the Target store at 3204 North Clark. While he was in custody, agents from that store and the company’s 2650 North Clark location filed complaints against him in 13 other retail thefts, according to court records.

Renard Smith (Chicago Police Department)

He’s accused of stealing Flex earbuds, Galaxy earbuds, Tune earbuds, JBL headphones, clothing, a computer, computer hardware, and men’s underwear during 14 separate thefts between January 18 and his arrest. The value of the allegedly stolen merchandise in each case ranges from $100 to $902.

Prosecutors charged him with seven felony and seven misdemeanor counts of retail theft after, according to his arrest report, he admitted to the thefts.

Judge Ankur Srivastava released him from custody the next day and ordered him to stay away from Target.

But he got arrested again on February 26 after a security officer at the 2650 North Clark location saw him shoplift ten Secret deodorants worth $99.67, a CPD arrest report said.

The Target agent also filed complaints against him for allegedly stealing $147 worth of clothes on February 22, $242 worth of boxer shorts and clothing on January 14, and $305 worth of clothing on January 22.

CPD officers wrote in Smith’s arrest report that he said he knew the thefts were on video and he “thought he had gotten away cleanly…and was surprised to know Target had records of his thefts as they never tried to stop him.”

Judge Kelly McCarthy released him from custody the next day and ordered him to stay away from Target.

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