$450,000 Bail For Career Criminal Charged In Local Burglary

Bail is set at a whopping $450,000 for a career criminal who’s now charged with three counts of residential burglary, with one charge stemming from a November 12 break-in in the 4100 block of N. Kenmore Ave.

A fugitive task force found 44-year-old Earl Hampton hiding under bags of clothing in a closet in his Chicago Heights home after he was positively identified in a photo line-up as being involved in the Kenmore burglary, court records say.

Hampton was also identified as one of two burglars who broke into two apartments in the 5700 block of N. Winthrop in Edgewater, police said.

Police also alleged that Hampton sold the burglary proceeds to a South Side pawn shop.

State records show that Hampton has been sentenced to a combined 36 years in prison since 2009, yet he managed to get paroled after serving just 5 years.

His prison record shows the following sentences:

• 10 years for residential burglary in 2009
• 6 years for narcotics in Jefferson county in 2011
• Another 10 years for residential burglary in 2009.
• Yet another 10 years for residential burglary in 2009.
• 2 years for possession of burglary tools in 2006.
• 2 years for theft in 2006.
• 4 years for narcotics in 2002
• 30 months for attempt burglary in 2000.
• 6 years for burglary in 1996
• 1 year for narcotics in 1996.
• Another year for narcotics in 1996.
• 3 years for possession of a stolen vehicle in 1993.
• 8 years for burglary in 1992.

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