Uptick in Robberies Near GW

Robbers targeting cell phones

By Kelvin Robinson
|  Tuesday, Mar 2, 2010  |  Updated 8:30 PM EDT
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Uptick in Robberies Near GW

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Crime appears to be on the rise near George Washington University.

Last month, six robberies were reported near the Foggy Bottom/GWU Metro Station. According to the GW Hatchet, most of the victims were students who had their phones stolen.

Those numbers are up from January when there was just one robbery, and December when there were three.

One of the victimized students told the Hatchet two teenagers approached her in front of St. Paul's Parish and ripped her phone from her hand, then tried to get her to chase after them. Another student told the paper his robber put him in a headlock before grabbing his phone.

D.C. police said criminals often use the area because the high-transit zone makes it easy to get away. Students said that short of having officers on every corner, there's little that can be done about this type of crime.

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