Man gets 2 years for looting Humboldt Park currency exchange during 2020 riots (but he’s not expected to spend time in prison)

Khalil Raggs and the currency exchange at 3401 West North Avenue. (Chicago Police Department, Google)

CHICAGO — A man was sentenced last week to two years in prison for looting a Humboldt Park currency exchange during a wave of civil unrest in 2020. But Khalil Raggs is not expected to spend any time in prison because he earned credit toward his sentence by being on electronic monitoring since he was arrested last year.

The long arm of the law finally caught up with Raggs last April after DNA testing of a bloody t-shirt found at the looting scene came back with his genetic profile.

The Humboldt Park storefront at 3401 West North Avenue was one of countless businesses targeted during three days of widespread looting in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder by a Minneapolis police officer.

Surveillance video from the currency exchange showed Khalil Raggs, 26, using a crowbar to pry the business’ door open around 11 p.m. on May 31, 2020, prosecutors said.

Raggs and others allegedly loaded about $2,000 worth of coins into a trash can and hauled it away.

But, unfortunately for Raggs, he cut his hand while forcing the door open, leaving blood drops on the currency exchange floor. Video footage also allegedly showed Raggs taking off his t-shirt, wiping his bloody hand with it, and leaving it behind.

Raggs pleaded guilty last week to one count of looting by an individual in exchange for the two-year sentence from Judge James Obbish. The sentence will be reduced to one year for good behavior and offset by another 428 credit days he earned by wearing an ankle monitor.

During his initial court appearance last year, prosecutors said his criminal background included five felony convictions.

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