Walgreens Burglar Gets 15 Years

SKOKIE, Ill. (STMW) — A Chicago man and habitual burglar will spend 15 years in prison for robbing a north suburban Walgreens of cigarettes and digital cameras last year.

Lawrence Todd Lemons, 51, of 1300 N. Sedgwick, was found guilty of commercial burglary for robbing the Walgreens at 635 Chicago Ave. in Evanston on Jan. 28, 2009, a release from Evanston police said.

Lemons was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Jan. 20 at the Skokie courthouse.

Police found the front windows of the store broken out and spotted Lemons nearby, carrying a clear plastic bag containing several packs of cigarettes. Once he saw police, he dropped the bag and ran. Officer apprehended him after a brief chase, the release said.

Police recovered the bag, which had 72 packs of cigarettes and five digital cameras still in their original packaging, the release said. Police also obtained video footage, which confirmed Lemons robbed the store.

Lemons had previously served time for at least four burglary convictions and several drug convictions, dating back to 1989, when he was sentenced to three years for burglary, according to the Illinois Dept. of Corrections website.

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  • tg

    wasn’t John Burge an habitual torturer. he only got four years plus $3000 a month.

    cbs 2 write about that

    • Duhh

      CBS2 did write about Burge…This story is noteworthy as well.

  • krissy

    BLACKS..ARE ALWAYS MADE AN “EXAMPLE” cigarettes and cameras??? he should have stole pharmacy drugs..for 15 yrs!!!

  • steve

    Maybe it is because he is a habitual offender. Maybe that’s why he got 15 years.

  • Ricky

    How is it that this idiot got 15 years in jail, but other idiots get much lighter sentences. Years and years of tax payer money wasted. Why should we pay for this idiot crime. Put him to death by letting him smoke all the cigarettes he wants to smoke. But give him no food or water.Crime is crime however you look at it. Unjust laws seem to rule, by unjust people. Laws need to change asap.

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