Man accused of twice stealing a camera from Sears

Published: Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 7:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 7:11 p.m.

A New Jersey army veteran was arrested in Gainesville on Friday on allegations of stealing two digital single-lens reflex cameras on two separate occasions, according to a Gainesville Police Department report.

Marc D. Bromberg, 35, of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, was at the Sears located in The Oaks Mall when he was seen by a loss prevention officer as he damaged a security device while removing a Canon Rebel T3 off its pedestal, the report said.

Bromberg was then seen attempting to conceal the camera inside his backpack and exiting the store, police said. Bromberg was able to leave the property before the loss prevention officer was able to make contact with him, the report said.

Bromberg was finally located a half-hour later at the nearby Burger King, where he was detained by police. The police brought him back to Sears and recovered the camera from his backpack, the report said.

At this point, the loss prevention officer told police that there was also video evidence of Bromberg stealing another camera on July 30, the report said.

Together, the stolen items were valued at $1,100, according to the report.

Police said that, after he was arrested, Bromberg admitted to the theft of both cameras.

Bromberg was charged with two felony counts of grand theft and one misdemeanor count of criminal mischief for damaging property. He was taken to the Alachua County jail, where as of Saturday evening he was being held on a $35,000 bond.

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