ROCKFORD — The Rockford Police Department responded to several incidents over the week, including two armed robberies.
The first robbery occurred at around 8 p.m., Saturday Dec. 12, at Walgreens, 1201 E. State St. Upon arrival, officers learned that the suspect, white male, about 5-10, entered the store and wandered the aisles before approaching the front clerk. He then implied that he had a weapon and demanded cash. He left the store and got into the passenger side of a silver four-door vehicle.
At 12:40 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 13, Rockford Police responded to the Tobacco Outlet at 3219 N. Main St. and spoke with the store owner who reported that he was robbed at gunpoint. A man with a gun, a black male approximately 6-0, 250 approached the owner at the counter and demanded money and cigarettes. He fled on foot.
Police responded to local hospital at around 8:30 a.m., Sunday, and learned a 23-year-old man was being treated for gunshot wounds. Police say the man accidentally shot himself in the foot and was treated and released.
Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to contact the Rockford Police Department at 815-966-2900 or leave an anonymous tip with Rockford Area Crime Stoppers at 815-963-7867. The department can also be found on social media.