Armed robbery reported in Brookfield

Police in Brookfield are investigating a July 10 armed robbery in which two victims were pistol-whipped and had personal property, including smart phones and a backpack, taken from them.

According to the police report, the attack happened at 2:50 a.m. in the 4200 block of Maple Avenue, though the victims and the alleged offenders appear to have crossed paths at a 7-Eleven store in LaGrange earlier that morning.

The three offenders, who were on bicycles, apparently followed two of the victims, who met up with a third on their way back to Brookfield from the store. In the 4200 block of Maple Avenue, one of the offenders reportedly “ghost rode” his bike into the victims and demanded they empty their pockets.

That offender also reportedly brandished a chrome-plated handgun, pointing at the victims and then pistol-whipping two of them with it while all three offenders attacked the victims and took their property.

Brookfield police believe the offender brandishing the gun may have also been involved in a July 13 armed robbery in LaGrange. That attacked occurred in the 200 block of Washington Avenue, according to LaGrange police, who declined to release any other details, since the matter is still under investigation.

LaGrange police also reported another armed robbery near the intersection of Cossitt and Bluff on July 12 at 11:40 p.m. In that incident, for which Brookfield police were called to assist in investigating, a woman said she was approached from behind by a man who placed a hard object against her head before taking her smart phone and backpack.

The woman was unable to provide a description of the offender to police in
that robbery.

Brazen burglary in Brookfield

Three businesses inside a 47th Street building in Brookfield were targeted by a burglary crew who used a vehicle to ram open a garage door, giving them access to the entire building.

The burglary happened during the overnight hours of July 8-9 at 9408 47th St., which houses Unique Plumbing, a dentist’s office and an attorney’s office.

According to the police report, the burglars used a vehicle to push in the garage door to gain access to the businesses. Among the items missing from the plumbing business were a 1999 Lexus SUV, a pallet of copper tubing, crates of brass and copper fittings, electronic measuring instruments, cash, gift cards and several smart phones.

Nothing of value appeared to be missing from the attorney’s office or dentist’s office, although cabinets and a desk were rifled through.

A company official told police he had observed a suspicious vehicle, a green Ford Expedition, driving very slowly in the alley on July 8 about 6 p.m. He gave police the license plate number of the vehicle, which registered to a 2003 Ford from Chicago.

Brookfield police called the Illinois State Police to help process the scene. The incident is still under investigation.

Employee charged with theft

An employee at Sears, 7503 Cermak Road in North Riverside, faces one count of felony theft after he allegedly helped steal eight flat-panel TVs between June 28 and July 5.

According to the police report, on six separate occasions 23-year-old Kendrick Crumb, of Chicago, selected one or two TVs and loaded them into a vehicle — at least four times into a black Audi — in the pickup area outside the store. He was arrested July 10.

In exchange for the TVs, Kendrick reportedly was paid $400. Although he acknowledged his role in the thefts, according to police, he would not divulge any information on the receiver of the TVs.

Public indecency

Brookfield police charged a 21-year-old Brookfield man with public indecency and disorderly conduct after he allegedly drove up to a woman and masturbated while he talked to her in the vicinity of Broadway and Monroe avenues on July 9 at about 6:45 p.m.

The woman told police she was walking to the store when the man first drove alongside her and asked if she wanted a ride. The car followed her into the parking lot of CVS, 9139 Broadway Ave., and the man talked to her again. The woman noticed the man had his pants unzipped at the time, according to the police report.

When she left the store 10 minutes later, the car approached her again at the corner of Broadway and Park. She continued to walk eastbound on Monroe Avenue when the vehicle drove up beside her. The driver was allegedly masturbating at that time, according to the woman, who contacted police.

Based on the license plate number of the vehicle, police developed a suspect whom the woman identified in a photo lineup on July 11. Police arrested the man on July 12 after the woman filed a formal complaint against him.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, July 8-14, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.