Preying on vulnerable patients at Edward Hospital in Naperville turned into an 11-year prison term for a 29-year-old Chicago man last week, according to a spokesman for the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office.
In August 2012, Tyrese K. Watson was released from prison after serving time for crimes including armed robbery and retail theft. Just a few months later in November, Edward Hospital security officers spotted him stealing personal items including credit cards from staff members and patients.
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Watson was convicted of burglary and sentenced by DuPage County Judge George Bakalis Oct. 7, the spokesman said.
After he was caught stealing at the hospital, Watson sped off in a car and later used a pilfered credit card to buy fuel and cigarettes at Naperville gas station. The car was found in Bedford Park outside a shop where he was purchasing gift cards with stolen credit cards, police said.