Brookfield police said a 70-year-old man was the victim of a strong-arm robbery Wednesday night as he walked to his parked car near the Prairie Metra station on Burlington Avenue.

The victim told police he got off the train around 10 p.m. and walked to his Buick, parked on the east side of Forest Avenue. He told police he was rolling a wheeled backpack and set it against the car to retrieve his keys. He said a man approached and threw his arm around the victim’s neck from behind. The victim said the man placed something hard against his back that might have been a gun. The robber reportedly threatened him 3-4 times as the victim struggled to remove his wallet from his pocket.

He surrendered the wallet and the offender fled eastbound on Burlington Avenue towards Grove Avenue. Police said the victim drove home and called police to report the robbery at 11:30 p.m. Officers canvased the area but did not find anyone matching the robber’s description. The victim said the man who robbed him was a white male in his late teens or early 20s, approximately 5-feet-9 with a medium build, wearing a dark jacket.

Investigating detectives are reviewing surveillance video from the time of the incident, said Brookfield Police Lt. Ed Petrak. Anyone who might have witnessed the robbery can call Brookfield police at 708-485-8131.


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