Ex-con gets 11 years for Edward Hospital crime
An ex-convict will be returning to prison for 11 years after being convicted of stealing property last fall from employees and patients at Edward Hospital in Naperville.
Tyrese K. Watson, 28, last lived on Chicago’s south side. He was found guilty of a felony charge of burglary in connection with the Nov. 29 incident at the hospital, at 801 S. Washington St. just south of downtown Naperville.
DuPage County Circuit Court Judge George J. Bakalis took Watson’s criminal past into consideration before sentencing him to the 11-year prison term, said Paul Darrah, spokesman for State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin.
Prison records showed Watson between 2003 and 2009 committed the crimes of armed robbery, possession of 15 grams or more of heroin, possession of a stolen motor vehicle, theft and shoplifting in Cook County and DuPage County. His sentences in those cases totaled 23 years, prison records indicated.
Darrah said Bakalis gave Watson 312 days of credit toward his new sentence for time he has spent in jail since being arrested. Seven other charges that included theft and burglary were dismissed.
Naperville police in November were called to the hospital to investigate a report of a theft in progress there. Hospital security workers told police a man had just stolen personal items from employees and patients.
The suspect, later identified as Watson, sped off in a maroon-colored, 1998 Ford Explorer, police said last fall. He stopped at a service station near Gartner Road and Washington Street and used a stolen credit card to buy gas and cigarettes, police said.
Subsequent investigation took detectives to a business on the 7300 block of South Cicero Avenue in southwest suburban Bedford Park, where Watson was seen using stolen credit cards to buy gift cards. Naperville and Bedford Park police arrested him at the scene.
The property that had been stolen from the people in the hospital was found inside the Explorer, police said.