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Robbery count rises in 2-mile area of Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Sioux Falls police say there have been 42 robberies or burglaries in five months within a two-mile radius on the city's west side.

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Officials say the latest holdup was probably the most brazen.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reports that two men pointed a gun at a clerk at Cubby's convenience store and took an undisclosed amount of money just after 1 a.m. Friday. On the way out, one robber fired a shot in the direction of the 62-year-old clerk. The bullet struck a cooler a few feet from the woman.

Police spokesman Sam Clemens says it's a "pretty brazen act" to fire on a clerk who is cooperative.

Clemens describes the recent number of burglaries in the area near 41st Street and Western Avenue as "certainly unusual."