Larceny arrest brings added charge in Raleigh

From staff reportsMarch 5, 2014 

— Robert Lee Hill’s past caught up with him Monday along with a Raleigh police officer who arrested him on a larceny charge at a Walmart store and then charged him with being a habitual thief.

Monday’s encounter involved $85.27 worth of electronics that an arrest warrant said Hill, 46, had carried past check-out stations after using a pair of scissors cut off anti-theft devices.

The Walmart incident resulted in a charge of felony larceny, but after police checked Hill’s record, Officer K.A. Strachan also charged him with felony habitual larceny.

Hill’s record reaches back to misdemeanor larceny in November 1994 in Wake County, according to state correct records.

He was convicted and given a suspended sentence in that case, the record states.

Most recently, Hill was convicted in Charlotte on Dec. 1, 2011, of taking goods from a merchant the previous month.

In between, the state record shows, he was charged nine times with misdemeanor or felony larceny and with numerous other charges.

He was released from prison last August, the record says.

On the arrest warrant Monday, police listed a Charlotte address, but an arrest report lists no permanent address.

Tuesday, Hill was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail for a court appearance on the newest charges.

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