Chicago man shoplifted from Target 6 times while awaiting trial for shoplifting from Target a dozen times: prosecutors

CHICAGO — One month ago, we told you about Renard Smith, an accused serial shoplifter who told police he was “surprised” that Target stores kept track of the dozens of times he allegedly stole from them. Well, Renard Smith has been arrested again. Prosecutors say he shoplifted from Target five more times.

Smith, 53, was arrested for shoplifting three times in 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.

Chicago police arrested Smith in February 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.

The stores accused him of stealing electronics, clothing, computers, and men’s underwear during 14 separate incidents between January 18 and February 13. Judge Ankur Srivastava sent him home to await trial.

Renard Smith (Chicago Police Department)

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.

CPD officers wrote in his arrest report that Smith said he knew the thefts were on video, but 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 sent him home to await trial again.

Since then, prosecutors say, he has repeatedly stolen from the Target store at 4728 West Irving Park Road.

Target security called CPD to the store on March 26 after they recognized Smith as he loaded product into a duffle bag in the deodorant aisle, his latest arrest report said. The store’s agents detained Smith as he walked out with the bag and handed him over to the cops, according to the report.

Smith told the officers that he “had stolen from Target previously” and that he stole deodorant because he needed money for his drug addiction, the report said.

In addition to the theft that day, he is also charged with stealing from the store on March 21, March 23, and March 24. Prosecutors filed one new felony retail theft charge and five new misdemeanor retail theft counts against him. He also faces charges for not registering as a sex offender.

Judge Charles Beach detained Smith for violating pretrial release in his already-pending cases.

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