With every year comes not only happy and exciting stories, but plenty that are negative as well. Many of those negative stories stem from criminal activity. Here are some of 2016's top crime stories.
Drive-by shooter sentenced to prison
In October of 2015, residents in the area of Burleigh Place and Cullen Drive were startled by the sound of gunshots outside their homes. That scary moment stemmed from an altercation that began a few blocks northeast at Target after a drug deal, and its subsequent car chase, went south. In September, Christopher Jackson, the man accused of firing the shots at a vehicle occupied by a man, his wife and their child, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after having been found guilty of attempted murder.
Plenty of patrols visit Motel 6
Between the beginning of 2015 and the middle of May of this year, the town of Brookfield recorded nearly 700 "incidents" at Motel 6, located at the corner of Bluemound and Barker roads. Town of Brookfield police chief Chris Perket acknowledges that the motel is indeed one of the department's most frequent stops. Of the 700 incidents, 423 were classified as regular patrols or building checks rather than instances during which police were called to the motel to respond to an issue. In 2015 through April of this year, town police officers have written a total of 94 reports based on calls to Motel 6. The remaining "incidents" are classified as "log or warning entries."
Elm Grove bank robbery suspects charged
In early February, Elm Grove police responded to TCF Bank after a report of three suspects committing an armed robbery. Two suspects had entered wielding a handgun and a shotgun and demanded money. Afterward, they fled in a getaway vehicle driven by a third suspect. Nearly seven months later, police announced that all three suspects were in custody and had been charged in federal court with federal armed robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a crime of violence.
Foul play at Toys R Us
A fire Dec. 16 at the city of Brookfield Toys R Us forced the store to close in the midst of the holiday shopping season. City of Brookfield firefighters were able to respond and extinguish the fire in minutes. Last week, police announced they suspected the fire was caused by arson and were searching for two women shown on surveillance footage waiting near the store's exit. When employees left the area to check on the fire, the women left with a cart full of merchandise.