Cops in the South Bronx are looking for a group of thieves who went on a two-week street robbery streak in which they stole just about anything their victims had on them.
Law enforcement sources said between two and four robbers, in each instance, stripped five individuals of their possessions including jewelry, cash and clothing, operating in a sphere of only a few neighborhood blocks.
The sequence of four similar attacks began on Jan. 31, at approximately 8:15 p.m. in the area of 1508 Macombs Road.
That’s when, police reported, a 59-year-old male was accosted by two unknown male individuals who, after brandishing a knife, demanded the victim’s backpack and clothing, leaving him $200 down in personal items. Following the incident, authorities said, robbers fled in a northbound direction.
Seemingly emboldened, cops reported that the next three crimes occurred on three subsequent days, from Feb 13-15.
In the second incident, authorities reported, on Feb. 13 at approximately 4:55 p.m. along on Macombs Road, a group of four bandits approached a 20-year-old male and 21-year-old female from behind. The mob then attacked the pair and displayed a firearm at them.
The robbers took electronics, clothing and sneakers valued at $2,000, as well as $1,000 in cash, from the pair before fleeing in an unknown direction.
EMS transported the male and female victim’s of the second attack to to BronxCare Health System, where they were treated for minor injuries to the head and face.
Nearby, the next day, at approximately 11 p.m. on Cromwell Avenue and McClellan Street a 28-year-old male victim exited a vehicle — driven by an unknown male — when two thieves assaulted him, again flashing a firearm, and robbing him of a chain, iPhone, $1,000 cash and a watch valued at a whopping $8,500.
Cops said the pair fled the scene in the same vehicle the victim had exited before the attack.
EMS brought the male victim transported to NYC Health +Hospitals / Lincoln in stable condition with minor injuries to his head and hand.
Police reported that the final incident occurred on Feb. 15 at approximately 7:30 p.m. in the vicinity of Jerome and Cromwell Avenues, when yet another 28-year-old male was surrounded by four unknown males. They proceeded to punch and kick him, slashing his jacket with a knife before tearing away on foot in an unknown direction.
The victim refused medical attention at the scene, NYPD sources said.
Officers from the 44th Precinct responded to each incident, with no injuries reported in the first assault.
No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing. The NYPD obtained two photos of one of the robbers involved.
Cops described the suspects as men with light complexions, believed to be between 18 and 25 years of age.
Anyone with information in regard to these incidents is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. All calls and messages are kept confidential.