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Crime & Courts

Chicago man arraigned on charges he stole $9,000 worth of cigarettes in Elmhurst

Elijah Jones, 63, of the 6700 block of South Prairie Avenue, Chicago
Elijah Jones, 63, of the 6700 block of South Prairie Avenue, Chicago

ELMHURST – A Chicago man was arraigned Aug. 30 on charges he stole more than 100 cartons of cigarettes Aug. 7 at Thornton's, 476 N. York St., Elmhurst.

Elijah Jones, 63, of the 6700 block of South Prairie Avenue, pleaded not guilty Aug. 30 in front of Judge Jeffrey MacKay in DuPage County court, according to a DuPage County State's Attorney's Office news release.

Jones and an unknown accomplice went to the Thornton's at about 5:50 p.m. Aug. 7, and then, once inside, his accomplice distracted the cashier while Jones, who was wearing a surgical mask at the time, allegedly entered the stockroom and loaded 103 cartons of cigarettes into a large bag, the release stated. The two then exited the store.

An investigation conducted by the Elmhurst Police Department led to Jones, who was taken into custody the following day from his home without incident, according to the release.

Jones appeared at a bond hearing Aug. 11, where bond was set at $100,000 with 10 percent to apply, the release stated. He has been charged with retail theft, theft and burglary, all of which are felonies, according to the release.

The investigation into this matter continues, the release stated. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Elmhurst Police Department at 630-530-3050.

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