On Wednesday 12/21/16 at approximately 9:41p.m. a blue GMC Arcadia which the owner left running and unattended in the 3200 block of Idlewood Terrace was stolen. Minutes later Rockford Police Officers responded to the Marathon Gas Station located at 3150 N. Rockton Ave in reference to an armed robbery to a citizen who had been in the parking lot at the time. The 37 year old male victim had been walking back to his vehicle when he was approached by a suspect with a handgun. This victim was not hurt and the loss is an undisclosed amount of cash. This suspect was described as a black male 5’-7”, 180lbs wearing all black with his face covered with ski mask and drove away in a blue GMC sport utility vehicle.
While Officers were still on scene investigating, another armed robbery to a citizen came in for the 2100 block of Midway which is just a short distance from gas station. Responding Officers learned that the 34 yr old victim was walking to his vehicle that was parked in the road when he noticed a blue sport utility vehicle stopped in the road. The victim then watched the suspect exit the blue vehicle and approached him with a handgun. The suspect demanded cash and the victim cooperated. The victim was not injured and the suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. This victim described the suspect as a black male, 6’, 170lbs, dressed all in black with his face covered with a hat and pull up scarf.
A bolo was put out city wide and at 10:27p.m. Rockford Officers observed this stolen vehicle south bound on Kishwaukee St and 15th Avenue. The suspect vehicle fled and was found minutes later unoccupied at the intersection of 4 Street and 16th Avenue. Police K-9 units made an attempt to locate the suspect however no one was located at this time.
This is an ongoing investigation