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Disturbing trend in cell phone robberies on Capitol Hill

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D.C. police have made several arrests in a spike of cell phone robberies on Capitol Hill this past week or so. They were unusual in that the victims were attacked by a small pack of thieves.

There were five robberies in the past eight days.

In one instance, police say three girls, aged 12 to 16, were the robbers. That theft occurred in the 500 block of 2nd Street, SE, around 10 p.m. last Sunday. Police say the girls pushed a man from behind and stole his phone.

That is the method of operation in most of the robberies. People talking on their phones are approached from behind, shoved or pushed to the ground, and then the group takes their cellphone.

It has happened on 15th Street in Southeast, on Acker Place in Northeast, in the 800 block of A Street in Northeast, and onboard a Metro train at the Eastern Market station.

Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells hopes his recently passed legislation cracking down on businesses that sell stolen phones will be a deterrent. Another recently passed law allows victims to have their providers deactivate a stolen phone.

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