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Man Gets 22 Years For Stealing Tv Remote Control

A man steals a remote control from an apartment complex in Wheaton but leaves a glove, which traces his DNA to several other burglaries

Eric Bramwell
Eric Bramwell, DuPage County Sheriffs Office

On Monday, August 1st 2015, 35-year-old Eric Bramwell entered an apartment complex, in Wheaton, Illinois. He entered the common area of the apartment complex, took a universal Remote control, but left a glove at the crime scene before leaving.

The caretakers at the apartment complex took the theft very seriously and contacted the police.

The glove which was left behind by Eric of Melrose Park, was DNA tested and found to be a match, Eric's DNA was also found at several other burglaries where remotes and televisions were stolen at apartment complex's including, several buildings in Lisle, Aurora, Bloomingdale, Downers Grove and Oakbrook Terrace.

The state’s attorney Robert Berlin said, “Mr. Bramwell’s illegal activity and his history have finally caught up with him, 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.”

Eric Bramwell was given a 22-year sentence. By law he must complete half of his sentence before being eligible for parole.

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