Man Steals Remote, Thumbs Nose at Judge, Gets 22 Years in Prison

Man found guilty of stealing a TV remote control from the common area of a Wheaton apartment complex in Illinois, and who “repeatedly thumbed his nose at the law” has been sentenced to 22 years in prison, DuPage County prosecutors said Friday.

Eric Bramwell, 35, of Melrose Park, had been found guilty in November of burglary and was eligible for an extended-term sentence because of his past criminal history, according to prosecutors.

(Pictured: Eric Bramwell)

Authorities alleged that Bramwell entered the common area of the apartment building in the 100 block of Cross Street on Aug. 1, 2015, and stole the universal remote to the television set. But, prosecutors say, Bramwell dropped a glove while at the complex, and a DNA sample taken from it was matched to Bramwell’s DNA in a database of convicted felons, which led to his arrest.

He was alleged to have committed similar thefts of remotes and televisions in other apartment complexes in Wheaton, Lisle, Aurora, Bloomingdale, Downers Grove and Oakbrook Terrace, prosecutors said.

“Mr. Bramwell’s illegal activity and his history have finally caught up with him,” State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said. “Regardless of what was stolen, Mr. Bramwell repeatedly thumbed his nose at the law. He took what he wanted time and time again and expected to avoid the consequences. That’s not how it works, as Mr. Bramwell has now found out.”

Judge Robert Miller sentenced Bramwell on Wednesday. He will be required to serve half the sentence before he is eligible for parole.

According to court files, Miller had in November sentenced Bramwell to six months in jail for contempt for using profane language in court.

Source: Chicago Tribune