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The jewelry store robbery was just the latest sign of trouble in the neighborhood—and a disturbing illustration of why police staffing has been one of the most passionately debated issues in Chicago and beyond this year.

Just before 2 PM on October 8, a thin white man and a Hispanic woman with strawberry-blond hair stepped into the Bryn Mawr Jewelry Company. The store is next to the Red Line station on a busy stretch of Bryn Mawr, one of the main commercial thoroughfares in east Edgewater and the center of the neighborhood’s revival over the last 20 years.

The couple asked to see a ring and a pair of watches. A store employee took the watches out of the display case. By the time he looked up, both of the supposed customers had pulled out guns. The employee was led to the back, where he was bound to a chair with duct tape.