Glen Ellyn Resident Mike Norton Killed During Robbery in His Chicago Convenience Store, 17 Hours After Armed Robbery in Glen Ellyn 7-Eleven


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Google Street View of Norton’s Sweet Shop where store owner Mike Norton was shot and killed.


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Strange Thursday: Glen Ellyn Resident Mike Norton was killed during a robbery in his Chicago convenience store, Norton’s Sweet Shop at North Avenue and Cicero, 17 hours after an apparently unrelated armed robbery in a 7-Eleven at 803 North Main Street in Glen Ellyn.

THURSDAY MAY 14, 2009 2:00 AM
An armed robber entered the Glen Ellyn 7-Eleven at about 2:00 a.m. and took $60 and fled, leaving the clerk unharmed. The robber was described as a white male, about 5 feet 9 inches tall with a medium build, and wearing a multicolored jacket, a hat and a surgical mask.

Citizens with information about the crime should contact Glen Ellyn police at (630) 469-1187.


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Area satellite map of Glen Ellyn armed robbery on Thursday at 2:00 a.m.

THURSDAY MAY 14 2009 7:00 PM
Store owner Mike North, 55, had his hands bound and was shot in the back of the head by robbers at about 7:00 p.m. at Norton’s Sweet Shop convenient store.

Chicago Police Department responded to a call of a robbery in progress at the shop, 4759 W. North Ave. at about 7:15 p.m. Witnesses saw three men fleeing the building. When police arrived they found the owner dead in the store.

Norton is survived by his daughter Brittany, 16, who he raised on his own.

In 1991 Norton killed one robber and injured another while they attempted to rob his store. Norton harshly dropped a large cash bundle during the robbery attempt. When the robbers focused their attention on some of the cash that scattered, he shot them. Mike Norton inherited the business from his late father Jim Norton, a Chicago police officer, who ran the store for about 35 years.

Norton was known for helping his tenants and others in the neighborhood, but may been the victim of a revenge crime at the time of his death. He recently evicted gang members for selling drugs out of their apartment. They were tenants in an apartment above the store.

After the eviction, there were verbal threats to Norton’s life, and a random bullet hit a window at the store.


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