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Crime Trackers: Convicted serial shoplifter strikes again

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MARANA - A serial shoplifter is out of prison and back in the stores, according to the Marana Police Department. 

They said he's now using a sophisticated method of bypassing store security.

Police Detective Michael Torres said they are looking for Michael Bramlett. 

He said they arrested him in 2014, and he went to prison for retail theft the following year.

However, Detective Torres said Bramlett is back to his old ways. 

The Arizona Department of Correction's website shows Bramlett was released from prison on November 23, 2017.

Torres said they have surveillance video of him shoplifting three months after his release.

In the video Bramlett is seen stealing expensive electronic items.

Detectives said he’s shoplifted eight times, stealing between $3,000 to $4,000 dollars worth of items.

Detective Torres said Bramlett devised a way of taking off the spider wrapping on the items.

This way he is able to pass the first line of security. 

Since there is no wrap, it doesn’t send a secondary beep through the metal detectors, and off he goes.

Not only has he stolen electronics, detectives said he has also taken expensive tools.

The stores he’s shoplifted from, that have him on surveillance cameras, include Wal-Mart, Target and Best Buy.

Detective Torres said this affects all of us because the stores have to up the prices to offset the cost of the loss.

Christina Tellez told News 4 Tucson, this is upsetting because most people work hard to buy the items, and for shoplifters to steal them instead of buying them, is just not right.

Elena Tellez said she has a message for Bramlett and others who shoplift, and that’s for them to get a job.

Detective Torres said anytime property crime is involved, there is always a drug connection. 

He added, “If you don't have a steady job you need to find a way to go and make money to support your habit. So in this case Bramlett’s job is to support that habit.”

If you have information on Bramlett's whereabouts call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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