Man convicted of stealing from Charlotte’s children’s hospital www.privateofficer.com
Charlotte NC April 27 2012 A 47-year-old felon will spend at least 21 years in prison for stealing video game systems used by young cancer patients at Levine Children’s Hospital.
On Wednesday, a jury found Charles Everette Hinton guilty of felony breaking and entering and felony larceny. The jury also convicted the registered sex offender of being a habitual felon and being unlawfully on premises intended for the use, care or supervision of minors.
Prosecutors said Hinton broke into an area of Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte and stole video game systems and other devices in December 2010. The stolen items were ones used by hospitalized children as they received cancer treatments.
Among the stolen gaming systems were four PlayStations, an Xbox and Nintendo DS systems, hospital officials said in 2010.
The suspect was caught on surveillance footage inside the hospital. The images showed a man carrying a book bag that police said they believed he used to sneak the gaming systems out of the hospital.
Less than two weeks later, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested Hinton. He’s been in Mecklenburg jail since his arrest, records show.
Superior Court Judge Forrest Bridges sentenced Hinton to about 21-27 years in prison, prosecutors said.
Hinton, of Charlotte, had previously been convicted of rape in New York. In North Carolina, his prior convictions include indecent liberties with a child, breaking and entering vehicles and felony larceny.