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GRIFFITH — An 18-year-old who allegedly stole more than $450 in Duracell batteries from CVS on Monday made the mistake of returning to the scene of the crime the next day, according to police.

Moments after an officer showed up to interview the store manager, Markese J. Rhodes, 18, of Griffith, was spotted walking in front of the business, police reports show. 

Rhodes was charged Wednesday with conversion, a class A misdemeanor, in connection with an alleged shoplifting incident at the CVS at 1195 E. Ridge Road, according to a Griffith Police Department report. 

Video surveillance shows Rhodes walking into the store at about 9:40 a.m. Monday, and grabbing $457.66 in Duracell batteries from a display and placing them into the plastic handheld shopping basket he was carrying, according to police. He then walked out undetected. 

Later, a CVS manager notice a large amount of batteries missing while conducting inventory, so she decided to review video surveillance. On video, she saw a man, later identified as Rhodes, taking the batteries from the store. 

The next day, a Griffith police officer returned to CVS to speak with the manager. While speaking near the front door, a man matching the same description given to police the day earlier was walking on the sidewalk just outside of the business.

"That's him right there," the store manager told the officer, according to the incident report. 

When confronted by police, Rhodes allegedly denied being at CVS the day before, but later admitted to stealing the batteries, the report states. 

Rhodes said he sold the batteries, but declined to go into detail. 

Griffith police Cmdr. Keith Martin said stealing merchandise and reselling to mom-and-pop stores in the area is common. 

He said Rhodes was still being held at Lake County jail as of Thursday. 


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Lauren covers breaking news, crime and courts for The Times. She previously worked at The Herald-News in Joliet covering government, public policy, and the region’s heroin epidemic. She holds a master’s degree in Public Affairs Reporting.