From the City of Rockford
The Rockford Police Department, joined by the Winnebago County Sheriff, Winnebago County State’s Attorney, Illinois State Police, FBI Safe Streets Task Force, and Loves Park Police Department, provided an update and advisory Friday regarding a rash of recent robberies.
The partners also provided a basic advisory asking citizens to take extra precautions in being aware of their surroundings to ensure their personal safety as the law enforcement partners continue to investigate a recent rash of robberies throughout the community.
The Rockford Police Department has dedicated resources from their Detective Bureau, M3 Tactical Team, as well as extra patrol to respond to multiple related incidents. The Department is working with the Sheriff’s Department, State’s Attorney’s Office, FBI Task Force, Illinois State Police, and Loves Park Police Department, all of whom have offered additional patrol and investigative assistance.
“Based on our investigations, including victim statements, we are dealing with a handful of mostly juvenile suspects terrorizing our community. It is unacceptable and it will be stopped,” said Interim Police Chief Patrick Hoey.
“It is apparent that these suspects have friends and family who are aware of the behavior that is occurring and we strongly encourage those individuals to provide information to Rockford Police. We have called in additional staff on all shifts and are working around the clock to identify and apprehend these individuals.”
Rockford Police have identified the suspects, described as a group of black males, ages 14-20. This group is most often committing criminal acts driving stolen vehicles, including a 1997 gold Toyota Camry, license S380716, with tinted rear windows and black rims, which was used in the majority of the recent robberies.