DailyMail An Illinois man found guilty of stealing a television remote from an apartment complex common area has been sentenced to 22 years in prison. Eric Bramwell in August 2015 took the universal remote from a Wheaton apartment building but dropped a glove before he left the complex, the Chicago Tribune reported. A DNA sample taken from the glove matched Bramwell’s DNA logged in the state’s convicted felon database. The 35-year-old was found guilty of the theft in November and earlier this week was sentenced to 22 years in jail. He must serve at least half of his sentence before becoming eligible for parole. Because of his criminal history, the man was eligible for 30 years in prison. Bramwell allegedly committed a series of similar remote and television thefts in other apartment complexes nearby, including several buildings in 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 attorney Robert Berlin told the Tribune. “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.”
When I first saw this article, I thought that the sentence that Eric Bramwell received for stealing a television remote was absolutely ridiculous, serving twenty-two years in jail for stealing a television remote is absolutely insane. Then I read that Eric Bramwell is constantly stealing remote controls, he is obsessed with stealing remote controls, he had been busted several times in the past stealing remote controls and warned that he would have the book thrown at him if he stole remote controls again. Do you know how maddening it is to lose a remote control? I have spent hours ripping apart my living room, searching for a missing remote control, only to later remember that I was wearing a sweatshirt earlier and the remote control is in the pocket of the sweatshirt. Stealing remote controls is a total dick move, you not only render the victim’s television useless, but you also drive them crazy when they spend the next three days tearing their house apart looking for the remote. Lock this man up and throw away the key.