Brookfield police arrested one man and continue to search for another in connection with an alleged armed robbery at an antiques store on the afternoon of July 25.
No one was injured during the incident, which unfolded just before 3 p.m. at Knight’s Antiques, 9046 31st St. Two men wearing bandannas over their faces and armed with guns reportedly entered the business and confronted the owner before fleeing when an another employee witnessed what was going on and ran out the back door to a nearby business to call police.
A Brookfield police officer apprehended Brian Shive, 45, of Venice, Florida, as he emerged from the backyard of a residence on 30th Street just west of Sunnyside Avenue. The employee from the store reportedly identified Shive as one of the two men involved in the hold-up.
Shive was charged with attempted armed robbery, a Class 1 felony, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, if convicted. He is being held at Cook County Jail on $20,000 bond.
According to Brookfield police, Shive has a long criminal history, including multiple felony convictions. His most recent conviction, for a 2012 residential burglary in Snohomish County, Washington, resulted in a seven-year prison sentence.
In addition to Shive, police also seized a gray Hyundai Santa Fe registered in his name. The vehicle was parked in the 9000 block of 30th Street, police reported. Shive reportedly also had the keys to the car in his possession when he was arrested.
The antiques store employee who ran to call police reportedly chased the suspects as they ran from the store and told police one of the suspects tried to enter the Hyundai. When the suspect couldn’t get into the car, the employee reportedly ripped the rear license plate from the vehicle and later handed it over to police.
About three-and-a-half hours after the robbery attempt, a resident of the 9000 block of Bartlett Avenue called police to report that while he was mowing his lawn he discovered a loaded handgun, sunglasses, a blue hooded sweatshirt, a pair of gloves, a black bandanna, gauze and a baseball cap.
The items were consistent with the description given of the alleged offenders. The gun was described as a black and silver Lorcin handgun loaded with a magazine containing eight 9 mm rounds of ammunition.
Brookfield police, with assistance from North Riverside officers and Cook County Forest Preserve police, continued to search for the second offender north of 31st Street and in the forest preserve area, using a K-9 unit and a Chicago police helicopter.
Police abandoned the helicopter search at about 4:50 p.m. Officers remained in the area in the hours immediately following the incident, canvassing the area.
This article has been changed to specify that police called off the helicopter search at about 4:50 p.m. Officers remained in the area for several hours afterwards, continuing their investigation.