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Burglars target registers, video poker machines at Brookfield Restaurant

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 12:27 p.m. CDT

BROOKFIELD – When the owners of the Brookfield Restaurant, 8900 Ogden Ave., arrived to work early Monday morning they found a window was smashed and the restaurant ransacked, according to Brookfield police reports.

According to police, the burglary occurred overnight, between 5 p.m. when an owner's son closed the restaurant and 5:20 a.m. when the owners arrived for work to open the business.

Targeted in the burglary was an ATM machine, two cash registers, five video poker machines and a redemption terminal, police reported.

The owners called police after finding a window next to the main entrance smashed, which police believe allowed the burglars access to the restaurant.

Officers who arrived on the scene found that the ATM and cash registers had been pried open. Touch screen gaming systems were found on the floor and pried open. The burglars also targeted a redemption terminal, which dispenses winnings from video poker machines, and the restaurant's offices. Office doors were found kicked in and ransacked.

Brookfield police said the burglars likely used heavy duty construction equipment, include a saw that was used to cut into the redemption terminal.

Lt. Ed Petrak said the department has not seen an increase in burglaries targeting video gaming machines since the village approved and businesses began to install them last year.

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