Armed robbery is not a headline you hear regularly in Northbrook, yet in the span of a little over a month there have been three occurences at local businesses. The latest happened on March 18 at 9:38 p.m. in the 3000 block of Dundee Road.
According to a police report, “The victim reported that he was exiting the [unnamed] business when he was approached by an offender with a handgun who forced him back [inside]. He was made to open the business safe and the offender stole currency along with the victim’s cell phone. The offender ordered the victim into the bathroom and to wait ten minutes before leaving.” The case is still being investigated, and at this time all we know about the perpetrator is that he was described as a male in his 40s.
Police do not believe the most recent incident is related to two robberies in the Village previously reported on February 15, one at the Subway at 300 Skokie Boulevard around 9 a.m. and the other at Domino’s Pizza at 1022 Waukegan Road shortly after midnight on the same date, which involved a knife as the primary weapon.
“The offender in the first two robberies is still in custody In Lake County, so it’s not possible that he was the offender on Dundee Road,” said Dan J. Petka, community relation supervisor of the Northbrook Police Department referring to 26-year-old resident Adam Feldman, who was arrested and charged with felony armed robbery in the February 15 crimes. He is still held in the Lake County Jail unable to post $100,000 bond.
The Tribune reports that Feldman is accused of being a repeat offender, originally charged in January for a home invasion and car theft in Deerfield. The judge in his criminal case sent Feldman to a rehab facility in Waukegan, but he left the property the same day he was admitted on February 6; nine days later he allegedly committed the robberies in Northbrook.
Petka says “it is unusual for the village to have three armed robberies in this time period.”
The latest rash seems to be targeting local retailers rather than private homes. He declined to say if the police department is taking any additional measures to prevent further incidents, but the Village Board of Trustees seemed on guard as they debated a Dunkin’ Donuts that requested operating for 24 hours citing the recent crimes. Ultimately they settled on limited hours for the time being.