‘Downton Abbey Addict’ arrested in Upper Arlington

Branden Joseph Deel

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH)–The Columbus City Attorney’s Office says a man accused of stealing multiple DVD and Blu-ray box sets of the popular British drama, “Downton Abbey” has been arrested.

According to Columbus City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer, Jr. 30-year-old Branden Joseph Deel had a warrant for his arrest for stealing dozens of box sets worth thousands of dollars from several Franklin County retailers.

Deel was featured by the Columbus City Attorney as a fugitive of the week in November.

Upper Arlington police arrested Deel on Thursday, December 17, 2015.  He remains in jail and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday morning.

Deel was incarcerated earlier this year after being convicted of similar crimes in Delaware County.

According to court records, Deel began his Downton Abbey disc binge January 1, 2014 when he stole 12 DVD box sets worth a total retail value of $560.88 and has continued to target retailers since then.

“Somehow I don’t envision Downton Abbey viewing parties being included on the list of recreational activities offered at the Franklin County Correction Center,” said First Assistant City Prosecutor Bill R. Hedrick.

Along with multiple counts of theft, Deel’s past criminal history includes charges of felony drug possession, obstructing official business, tampering with evidence, felony weapons possession, criminal trespass, and recklessly causing serious physical harm.

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