Brookfield tipster leads cops to burglary crew

Police arrest 3 men in Chicago during break-in


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By Bob Uphues


An alert Brookfield resident appears to have helped stop a burglary crew that had been breaking into homes in the village and elsewhere in recent weeks.

On the morning of March 12, detectives from Brookfield and the Major Case Assistance Team (MCAT) arrested three Chicago men, reportedly as they were burglarizing a home in the 3900 block of West 83rd Street in Chicago.

Chicago police charged Nicholas Smith, 17; Dominic Brown, 22; and Terry Gardner, 20, with one count each of residential burglary. All three remain in Cook County Jail. Bond for Gardner and Brown was set at $125,000. Bond for Smith was set at $90,000.

Officers had been tracking the men since March 11 when a Brookfield resident called police to report suspicious activity on his block. The resident, who lives in the 4200 block of Forest Avenue, told police he was sitting in his kitchen when he saw an unfamiliar man walk through the side yard of his home and then walk around to the house next door.

Eventually he saw the man get into a blue Ford SUV, which drove away. The resident called Brookfield police and gave them a description of the vehicle and its license plate number.

Police also talked to another resident of the 4200 block of Forest Avenue, who said he was at home March 11 when someone rang his doorbell numerous times. When he answered the door and asked the man what he wanted, the man told him he was looking for someone. The resident told the man to go away and noticed that he got into a dark blue SUV and left the area.

Just after 1 p.m. on March 11, police also received a call from a resident of the 4100 block of Sunnyside Avenue, whose home had been burglarized. According to the homeowner, a 54-inch flat-panel TV and a laptop computer were taken from the home. Entry was gained through a rear sliding glass door.

With the license plate number in hand, police located the blue SUV parked in front of a residence on Chicago's South Side and kept it under surveillance. During the late morning hours on Tuesday, police followed the vehicle to the 3900 block of West 83rd Street where they made the arrests.

Brookfield police continue their investigation and hope to file charges after evidence is reviewed by the Illinois State Police crime lab.

That process could take months, according to Brookfield police Lt. Edward Petrak.

"Our hope is that some of the print evidence we submitted to the lab will match up to at least a couple of the burglaries," said Petrak.

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Politically Correct  

Posted: March 21st, 2013 6:16 PM

WOW, I can't believe it was three innocent Afro-americans who did this? Shocking!

mark roegner from brookfield  

Posted: March 20th, 2013 5:21 PM

no wonder they are still happening because the residents are too stupid to call the police. wake up residents

Brookfield Resident from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: March 18th, 2013 10:04 AM

The police force must not be THAT short handed. I constantly see them writing resident parking tickets.

Gina Martin  

Posted: March 18th, 2013 9:26 AM

So what about the buglary on DuBois Wednesday afternoon? Let's not rest on this arrest; there could be more involved and with a VERY shorthanded police force, clearly as residents we have to pay even closer attention to what is going on!

Chickenfoot from D.G.  

Posted: March 17th, 2013 8:08 PM

Thats just great!!!!!! good job by the neighbors to solve the crime!! What about all the robberies on the 4200 block of Maple.....?????.....The same house was hit three times??? and the neighbors all new the resident...and he had passed away...???? Yet no one saw anything...??? OR JUST CHOSE NOT TO GET INVOLVED!!!!!!!!!!!!

Concerned from Brookfield  

Posted: March 15th, 2013 7:32 AM

- and the break-in was on Wed. March 13th - after this article was written.

Concerned from Brookfield  

Posted: March 15th, 2013 7:31 AM

I wonder too about the break in on 4400 DuBois. Obviously there is more than 1 group out there doing these crimes! What is brookfield doing about it?

mark roegner from brookfield  

Posted: March 14th, 2013 4:46 PM

so true felix some liberal judge will let them out.


Posted: March 14th, 2013 1:49 PM

Don't start feeling too comfortable now. I'd be surprised if these three Urban Terrorists were still in lockup. They might come back where the stealin' is good.

Sparky from Brookfield  

Posted: March 14th, 2013 1:24 PM

Our house was one of the houses hit by this crew last is satisfying to see these guys finally get caught. Good work by the police department and the resident who supplied the license plate number. I had a feeling that this crew's recklessness would do them in.

Tina Davis from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: March 14th, 2013 10:44 AM

wonder from brookfield  

Posted: March 14th, 2013 9:05 AM

I wonder if the one yesterday on dubois are in the same group with the thugs that got caught knowning our town is easy pickings?? Hum time to get my shootgun back from my brother because this dubois one is close my home?


Posted: March 14th, 2013 8:59 AM

thats great but what about the burglary on the 4400 block of dubois yesterday

HEY from Brookfield  

Posted: March 14th, 2013 8:54 AM

Hey I posted the suburban life article here showing what these thugs look like so we all can see who they are and for when they come knocking at your door and say oppsss wrong house then you know its time to call the police. How come post was taken down??? Dont you all want to see who they are???


Posted: March 14th, 2013 5:37 AM

Brookres:You're right about these animals and what their capable of.Look at that poor kid from Indian Head Park who surprised 1of these cockroaches.Answer your door locked and loaded,ready to never know who might be on the other side.stay alert,stay alive.


Posted: March 13th, 2013 11:20 PM

Great job by all especially the resident that had the smarts to get the license plate number. Who knows what these animals were capable of. Keep a gun handy, shoot to kill, ask questions later. Second guessing can have a bad result.

Jeanette M  

Posted: March 13th, 2013 8:35 PM

Kudos to that resident! He solved the case single-handedly!

Tina Davis from Brookfield, Illinois  

Posted: March 13th, 2013 4:31 PM

Finally I can rest a little easier. This has been causing me tremendous stress!

mark roegner from brookfield  

Posted: March 13th, 2013 3:48 PM

thank you residents for watching out for our village. too bad the person on prairie did not report the crimes last week.

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