GRIFFITH — An 18-year-old arrested last week after returning to the scene of an alleged theft faces new charges after employees at a drug store identified him as the person who carried an armful of cigarettes away, police said.
Markese J. Rhodes, 18, of Griffith, is accused of stealing four cartons of cigarettes at about 8 a.m. Saturday from the Walgreens at 1225 E. Ridge Road.
Rhodes' previous arrest occurred Feb. 19, after a manager at the CVS at 1195 E. Ridge Road pointed Rhodes out to a police officer taking a report for the theft of more than $450 in batteries.
Rhodes was arrested, charged with misdemeanor conversion and released Friday on his own recognizance, Lake Criminal Court records show.
On Saturday, he walked behind an unattended counter at the Walgreens, grabbed four cartons of cigarettes and walked out of the store, police Cmdr. Keith Martin said.
The officer who arrested Rhodes on Feb. 19 reviewed surveillance images from Saturday's theft at Walgreens and recognized Rhodes, Martin said.
Two employees at Walgreens also positively identified Rhodes in a photo lineup, police said.
Rhodes was not in custody Monday. A Class A misdemeanor theft charge was completed and forwarded to the Lake County prosecutor's office for review, Martin said.
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