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A convenience store across the street from the Rogers Park police station was held up at gunpoint overnight, according to police.
The robber entered the store and demanded money from the clerk, who quickly obliged. No one was hurt.
The store robber was described as a black man about six feet tall and 160 pounds.
This was a particularly bold act, but the crime rate in Chicago, much of which has been attributed to gang violence, has gotten so out of control that police have changed the way they respond to 911 calls.
The city’s newest strategy, announced in February of this year, is to triage its response to 911 calls. Chicago police will no longer respond immediately to property, vehicle thefts, garage burglaries, or other crimes in which suspects are no longer on the scene and no one is in immediate danger.
Police said the new rule would allow them to patrol streets and prevent crime.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said that people were better protected when officers are on patrol, not taking police reports.
“I don’t mean to be flippant here, because I’ve been the victim of a burglary at least three or four times,” he said. “I’d rather have the officer on street, where he can prevent the shooting.”