By Bob Uphues
Brookfield police are investigating a pair of armed robberies, one of them a vehicular hijacking, which took place within the past week.
Deputy Police Chief Michael Kuruvilla told the Landmark the first incident occurred during the early morning hours of Nov. 25. The victim, a man walking alone in the 9000 block of Southview Avenue, reportedly told police that he was approached by three men wearing all black clothing and black face coverings.
One of the offenders displayed a handgun and demanded the victim's belongings, according to police, and after obtaining the victim's phone and wallet they were last seen fleeing on foot.
While the victim didn't see the offenders exit or enter a vehicle, surveillance video reportedly showed a newer model Nissan Sentra with heavily tinted windows circling the area where the victim was walking around the time of the robbery.
Kuruvilla said police believe the vehicle was involved in the Brookfield incident, because three offenders dressed in similar clothing, who fled in a similar vehicle, robbed a gas station in Lyons less than an hour later.
Meanwhile, Brookfield police broadcast a village-wide alert Saturday evening, warning residents of a vehicular hijacking that took place in the 3500 block of Harrison Avenue around 2 p.m. on Nov. 28.
While details are limited at this time, three offenders approached the victim on his property and demanded the keys to his vehicle, a gray 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe. One of the offenders displayed a handgun, police said.
The victim handed over the keys and the offenders got into the vehicle, fleeing at a high rate of speed through the alley.
Anyone with information on either of these incidents is being asked to call the Brookfield Police Department's Detective Division at 708-387-1931.