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Man with Knife Attempts Robbery at Glen, Two Other Nearby Stores Targeted

Yesterday’s attempted robbery at a Glenview Claire’s accessory shop is among three similar crimes in two days. The offender successfully stole cash at both Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory store in Northfield and Yellow Bird Stationary store in Wilmette.

Glenview, Northfield and Wilmette were all hit with retail robbery this week, according to area police.

The spree began Wednesday morning around 10:50 a.m. .

A suspect described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall around 180 pounds with dirty blond hair handed a store clerk a note demanding money. He also claimed to be armed with a knife but did not show it, police said.

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The man, wearing a red hooded ‘Lifeguard’ sweatshirt, dark khaki shorts and smelling of strong tobacco odor, fled with $200, according to police. Officers searched the entire plaza along Sheridan Road but were unable to find the suspect.

A second incident at , 2301 Town Center in Glenview, happened just after the store opened at 10 a.m. Thursday, police said. The store’s manager Crystal Tolzien, who was not in the store during the holdup, told Winnetka Talk the robber ordered the cash register be opened.

According to the article, Tolzien said the man pulled out a knife but ran from the store when the employee escaped through the front door. The suspect entered a silver Dodge minivan as a passenger and according to police, fit a description similar to the Wilmette suspect from the previous day’s robbery.

Just 35 minutes after the attempted robbery in Glenview, an employee at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Northfield was threatened at knife point, the Winnetka-Northfield Chamber of Commerce shared in a community crime alert this morning. The offender escaped from the candy store, 300 S. Happ Road, with an undisclosed amount of money, the release said.

Nearby local schools have been notified and police remind area residents of the following tips:

  • While no one was hurt in any of these incidents, be alert of your surroundings and the people around you. 
  • For your own safety and the safety of others, comply with a robber's demands.  
  • Remain calm and think clearly.  Make mental notes of the robber's physical description and other observations important to law enforcement officers.

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