The Herald Bulletin

April 10, 2013

Man convicted of stealing TVs sentenced to 12 years

By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — A man convicted of stealing two televisions from a hospital and cigarettes from a Village Pantry was sentenced on Monday.

James O. Clark, 42, who was caught in both incidents by surveillance cameras on Jan. 9, received a 12-year sentence after being convicted of one count of robbery and two counts of theft in March. Madison Circuit Court 3 Judge Thomas Newman handed down the sentence.

A man appearing to be Clark could be seen in surveillance from St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital sleeping for about three hours in a waiting area, then getting up and removing a television from a wall. He put the TV on a cart and left, returned later in the evening, took another TV off the wall and left with it under his arm. Both were 43-inch flat-screens.

Detectives connected Clark with the incident when a similar suspect robbed the Village Pantry at Fifth and Jackson streets later in the week. The incident was again caught on video.

Clark appeared to enter the store and gave the clerk a note telling him to hand over money and cigarettes. Police tracked him down shortly after that robbery.

Anderson Police Department Detective Joel Sandefur, who investigated the thefts and made the arrest, called the incident “very brazen.”

Clark, a homeless man originally from Indianapolis, possessed a long criminal history, including two prior theft convictions for incidents in July 2012 and December 2001.

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