“This is Ashley from Brookfield, and I am at an Aldi. I wanted to know if you guys can come and search our store,” a store employee said.
The store employee called 911 around 8 p.m. just as the store clerks were closing shop. The woman on the phone asked the officer to search the store for a person who walked into the Aldi moments before the store’s closing but never walked out.
“What do you need us to search it for,” the dispatcher asked.
“Umm… somebody walked in our store and we don’t know where this person went… He’s here, he’s robbing us,” the employee said.
The Town of Brookfield Police Department responded to a call for an armed robbery Saturday night. Upon arrival, officers saw a male suspect with a gun inside Aldi. Two store employees were able to escape on their own, but a third victim was rescued from the store by police while area businesses were contacted and placed on lock-down.
The Waukesha County Tactical Enforcement Unit (TEU) was called in for backup, but the suspect was never found.
In a statement sent via email to TODAY’s TMJ4 a spokesperson for ALDI said:
“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our customers, employees and the community. We’re cooperating fully with the [Town of] Brookfield Police Department as they investigate this unfortunate incident.”
The suspect is described as a black male with a baseball hat that had a sticker on it, a bandana covering his face, black hooded sweatshirt over a white t-shirt, dark pants, carrying a black backpack, and armed with a handgun. The suspect managed to get away with money from the store, but the amount is unknown. Police suspect this incident may be related to other Aldi store armed robberies in the area.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Town of Brookfield Police Detective-Sergeant Gwen Bruckner at 262-796-3798.