I'll admit it, when I was younger I may have snagged some gum or candy from the liquor store. May have even lifted a magazine once, good thing it didn't earn me 22 years in jail!
A Chicago man who lifted a remote control from a common area in an apartment complex just landed 22 years in jail for his crime! According to prosecutors, Eric Bramwell has "repeatedly thumbed his nose at the law" and was eligible for an extended term sentence because of prior situations. The Chicago Tribune reports:
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.”