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SARATOGA SPRINGS -- Saratoga Springs police are looking into a number of robberies they say have occurred in the city's downtown area over the past several weeks.

At least four strong-arm robberies have occurred within one block of Broadway since May 1, police said in a statement released Wednesday morning.

Police said many of the robberies have occurred late at night and involved victims who may have been intoxicated.

The incidents under investigation include:

-- A May 2 robbery that occurred around 3:45 a.m. on Putnam Street between Caroline and Phila streets. A man received minor injuries when he was jumped by two men who stole money from him, according to the police report.

-- A May 29 robbery that occurred 9 p.m. in which a man said he was robbed at knifepoint near Congress Park. Details of that crime were unclear, and police continue to investigate.

-- A June 1 robbery in which a man reported being assaulted in Congress Park at around 12:50 a.m. Police said the victim was approached by four people who demanded money, and the man was assaulted after refusing. No money was stolen in that incident.

Police also investigated a May 16 robbery that occurred at around 4:20 a.m. in which two men said they were attacked by a group of five men near the corner of Phila and Putnam streets. One of the victims was not injured, but the other was chased, assaulted and had money and a cell phone stolen, police said.

Two men, Dakota Tracey, 24, of Zephyr Lane, Saratoga Springs, and Anthony Bowden, 24, of Low Street, Ballston Spa, were arrested in that case.

Police said they are concerned there may be other victims who have not come forward and are asking anyone who may have been the victim of or witness to a similar crime to contact them at 584-1800.

Police are also encouraging residents to travel in groups when possible and to contact police immediately if they are accosted.

Police said they have increased patrol activity in the areas where the incidents have occurred to include additional foot and bicycle patrols, and that they are continuing to follow leads.


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