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Police investigate robberies at two Rockford retail stores

ROCKFORD — Detectives are investigating separate robberies that occurred minutes apart Sunday at two Rockford retail stores.

The first robbery happened at approximately 9:45 a.m., at the Walgreens at 3336 11th St. Police say the suspect implied he had a gun and ordered a clerk to open the cash register.

“The clerk opened the drawer and the suspect reached inside and removed cash,” Rockford Police Public Information Officer Michelle Marcomb said in a release. “He then took off on foot while advising the clerk not to follow or he would shoot him.”

The suspect is described as a white male with a visible face tattoo.

Approximately 15 minutes later, at 1405 Kishwaukee St., another suspect entered Dollar General, hopped over the counter, grabbed the cash drawer and fled the store with an undetermined amount of money. Police say the suspect is a black man who was wearing dark gray pants, a black hoodie and black do-rag.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the the Rockford Police Department at 815-966-2900 or on social media. Anonymous tips can be left by calling Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867.

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