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Police investigate chain of street robberies in Albany

Posted: Updated: Jul 16, 2014 11:41 AM
ALBANY N.Y. – Police in Albany are currently investigating four street robberies that occurred over the weekend.

According to police, all victims were assaulted and had property stolen from them. Officials believe the street robberies are connected in some way.

All of the robberies occurred during the late night hours and most of the victims were walking alone.
Renee Lewis, 21, says she feels uneasy knowing these so-called street robberies happened on the same streets she travels on every day.

“I feel unsafe, especially because I live in this neighborhood and I don't want it to happen to me,” said Lewis. 

Two of the incidents on Saturday happened in the area of Quail Street. The third crime unfolded on Partridge Street where the two victims were kicked and punched.

The most recent street robbery occurred Sunday on the 100 block of Lancaster Street.

“The victims were struck about the face and head or knocked down to the ground before their property was stolen,” explained Steve Smith with the Albany Police Department. 

Police have a limited description of the suspects. However, police say the victims have described the group of three as two black females and one white female. Another group has been described as having five black males.

Albany Police say this is a good reminder for people to walk in groups whenever possible. Authorities also advise people to avoid texting and talking on the phone as this will make it easier for a robber to steal phones and other property. 

Officials say if people choose to wear headphones, set the volume low in order to hear what is happening in the area.

The four street robberies are still under investigation. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call police.

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