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Crime & Courts

DeKalb police warn of robbery threat

DeKALB – DeKalb police are warning residents living on the city's northwest side to be on the lookout after they received information that someone may be planning a robbery.

A group of people were recently overheard talking about committing a street robbery in the area of Hillcrest Drive and Annie Glidden Road, authorities said. While police don't have much information, they are urging residents to walk in groups and well-lit areas and carry cellphones.

"We don't want to scare people," said DeKalb police Cmdr. John Petragallo. "We don't know that this is a valid threat. We just want people to be aware."

Police have only had two reports of street robberies this year, Petragallo said. Both DeKalb and Northern Illinois University police have increased patrols in the area in response to the information, police said.

Police also advise people to use caution if approached by strangers.

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