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Out of prison for just a month, woman arrested for her 397th time

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Shermain Miles

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Updated: January 22, 2014 6:08AM



Last month on the train ride home from prison, Shermain Miles said she was done with booze — done with the old life of petty crime.

Old habits apparently die hard.

The woman who has racked up a near-record 396 arrests picked up one more this week when she was hauled off an Edgewater street for a host of alleged offenses, including misdemeanor battery, theft, reckless conduct and drinking in public.

Miles, 52, was ordered held in lieu of $10,000 bail when she appeared at the Belmont and Western courthouse on Friday.

“It’s sad,” remarked Ald. James Cappleman (46th), a Miles victim in August 2012.

After her release from Logan Correctional Center in Downstate Lincoln on Nov. 18, Miles headed to Humboldt Park to a second-chance residential home for ex-inmates. At the time, Miles — whose arrests have mostly occurred on the North Side — said she planned to quit drinking for good and stay away from her drinking buddies on the North Side.

But the Edgewater business community — which dreaded Miles’ return — began seeing her in her old haunts earlier this month.

Miles was arrested Thursday after allegedly being identified as the woman who approached a 63-year-old man in the 5600 block of North Winthrop and stole a set of keys from him, police said. Miles was found nearby, drinking and “engaging in a physical altercation with a male companion,” police said.

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