CWBChicago, February 7, 2018
Hayes White, 24, was arrested Sunday evening for battering two security guards as he tried to steal $265 worth of merchandise from a West Loop Jewel-Osco store in the 1300 block of South Canal.
On November 6, White punched a security guard in the face when the agent tried to stop him from stealing $140 worth of merchandise from the Jewel store at 1240 South Wabash, prosecutors said.
White was charged with felony robbery and felony aggravated battery of a merchant in that case, too. Judge Sophia Atcherson set bail at just $2,000, meaning that White posted only $200 before going free without electronic monitoring. Atcherson did order White to observe a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew, which he also violated to pull off his latest alleged crime.
What’s more, court records show that White is currently on probation for shoplifting, a sentence he received in November 2016 after pleading guilty to stealing $258 worth of merchandise from a Grand Boulevard-area Walmart store.
Since January 2016, White has been arrested at least 14 times for shoplifting in Chicago.
Since mid-July, Cook County judges have been under orders from Chief Judge Timothy Evans to issue “affordable” bail amounts to the accused.
“Monetary bail is inappropriate,” Evans told CBS2 last summer. “It ought to be based on whether somebody is a danger to society or not. If they’re not, then they should be released.”