There were two armed robberies within two hours of each other on 11th Street in Rockford.
First, four black men burst into a discount cigarettes store just before 9 p.m. One of the men hit the store clerk in the back of head with a blunt object, believed to be the butt of a handgun.
He then forced the clerk to the floor and pointed a gun at her. The suspects took cash and took off on foot into an alley. The store clerk was not seriously hurt. Then, another armed robbery a couple hours later and a couple blocks down 11th Street.
Rockford police say a man walked into the Road Ranger in the 3300 block of 11th Street. The man pulled a knife on the clerk and took money out of the cash register.
He is described as a white man, 5’10”, about 150 pounds. Police say there have been a couple other robberies at knifepoint by a man with a similar description in recent days.
If you have any information on these armed robberies, call Rockford Area Crimestoppers at 963-7867.