Attempted armed robberies reported in Brookfield

Brookfield police are investigating a pair of attempted armed robberies, reported to them last week. Nothing was taken from the victims in either instance. However, a knife was displayed during one of the attempted robberies and a gun was implied in both, according to police.

Lt. Edward Petrak said police believe the two incidents are related, based on subject descriptions, demands and the fact that the incidents happened within four blocks of each other.

  • The first incident occurred on Oct. 7 in the vicinity of Prairie and Monroe avenues, but it was not reported until Oct. 11, according to the police report, because the victim was unsure what to do since nothing was taken.

In that incident, a 22-year-old Brookfield man was walking home, accompanied by a friend, when they were confronted by two males who appeared to be in their teens and dressed in dark clothing.

One of the two offenders demanded the victim’s wallet and anything else of value. He then displayed a knife and indicated his accomplice had a firearm, according to the police report.

At that time, a resident of that area exited his residence with his dog, and the two offenders fled eastbound on Monroe Avenue.

  • The second incident happened about 11 p.m. on Oct. 11 in the vicinity of Grant and Forest avenues. A 32-year-old Brookfield resident was walking his dog in the 3500 block of Forest Avenue when he was approached by two males wearing dark clothing who appeared to be in their 20s.

As one of the subjects feigned interest in the victim’s dog, the other reportedly said, “How about you give me your wallet; I have a .38.”

The victim, a police officer, replied, “Really, you want to do this? I have my .45, and I’m a TAC officer,” at which time the two ran northbound on Forest Avenue.

Restaurant burglarized

A burglary crew disabled an outdoor burglar alarm and then smashed a window to gain entry to the Brookfield Restaurant, 8900 Ogden Ave., during the overnight hours of Oct. 6-7.

Once inside, the offenders targeted two cash registers, an ATM machine, a juke box, five video poker machines and a redemption terminal, prying them open and taking an undisclosed amount of cash. The offenders went through the entire business, kicking open the door to the restaurant office, tampering with the security console, kicking in the door to a storage closet and finally breaking off the lock to the outside rear door.

In addition, according to police, a safe was pried open and the contents removed. Police stated that the safe appeared to have been cut with a heavy-duty saw. The ATM, redemption terminal and poker machines were all owned by Fairshare Amusements, which provides the devices to the business.

“It’s not amateurs, that’s for sure,” said Brookfield Police Lt. Edward Petrak. “These guys had probably staked the place out. I wouldn’t be surprised to see other incidents like this.”

Entry appeared to have been gained by smashing a window on the north side of the business, next to the main entrance. An employee and one of the business’ owners discovered the burglary when they arrived to open the restaurant at about 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 7.

Cook County Sheriff’s Police evidence technicians assisted Brookfield in the
investigation.

Adult, juvenile fight outside library

A 41-year-old Brookfield man was charged with misdemeanor battery after he reportedly confronted a 17-year-old Brookfield boy outside the Brookfield Public Library, 3609 Grand Blvd., on Oct. 9 about 5 p.m.

According to the police report, a witness and video obtained from both a witness’ cellphone and a surveillance camera at the library, the man approached a group of juveniles near the library and exchanged words with the victim.

The man walked away and then returned, according to police, confronting the victim nose to nose, resulting in a shoving match between the two. The man then sat down on a bench and the victim reportedly struck the man in the face.

The man responded, according to the police report, by charging the juvenile, forcing him to the ground and punching him in the back of the head. The altercation ended after another juvenile got involved and a library employee came outside to intervene.

When police arrived, the man had left the scene. But a witness told police where the man lived and they arrested him there a short time later.

Garage burglary

A resident of the 600 block of Uvedale Road, Riverside, reported that, during the overnight hours of Oct. 6-7, someone broke into the garage and removed a black men’s Schwinn Jammer bicycle.

A window on the rear door of the garage was also found to be broken.

These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Oct. 6-13, 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.

—Compiled by Bob Uphues