Street vendors in Little Village, Chicago, have been victims of robbery for the fifth time while selling tamales. Doña Maria, a vendor affected by the incident, is seeking urgent attention from the Chicago police. The robbery took place on January 26, when Doña María and her two employees were working on 26th Street in Little Village. Three suspects arrived in a black sedan, two of them approached the tamale stand and robbed the vendors of their earnings for the day. Doña María described the incident as terrifying, stating that she was threatened with a gun.
This is not an isolated incident, as street vendors claim that at least six similar robberies were recorded in Little Village the previous Friday. Doña María’s stall has been targeted five times, with losses amounting to over $300 on one occasion. The vendors are deeply affected by these robberies, as it takes away their hard-earned income.
The Chicago Police Department has been working with officers from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office to patrol the problematic areas in Little Village, particularly during the early morning hours. However, the frequency of these robberies calls for more concrete measures to protect the street vendors.
In response to the situation, the three candidates for the Cook County Prosecutor’s Office have expressed their plans to address the issue. Robert Fiorett emphasized the need for prosecutors to file charges against criminals, stating that the department has become more of a social service office under the current administration. Eileen O’nel Burke aims to rebuild trust between the prosecutor’s office and the communities to effectively prosecute these crimes. Clayton Harris has committed to addressing crime and meeting with street vendors to understand their concerns.
The impact of these robberies on the street vendors in Little Village is significant, and it is crucial for the authorities to take proactive steps to ensure their safety. The community is also concerned about the rise in such incidents and is calling for immediate action to prevent further victimization of the hardworking vendors.
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