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Police searching for College Area thief amid string of robberies

Posted: 2:03 PM, Sep 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-08 21:12:20Z

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Police are warning College Area residents to be on the lookout after a robbery near San Diego State — the third reported robbery in two weeks.

Police said a robbery occurred Saturday at about 11 a.m. in the 5000 block of 63rd St. The suspect pulled a gun on the victim and took their backpack before fleeing.

SDPD set up a perimeter to search for the suspect but did not immediately find anyone.

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The suspect is described as an African American male with a thin build and standing about 5-feet 9-inches tall.

Saturday's robbery is at least the third reported robbery in two weeks.

On Aug. 25, a group of men  reportedly stole cell phones and keys from three students just before 12:30 a.m. in the 5600 block of Mary Lane Drive and Dorothy Drive.

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The next day, an individual was robbed at about 6:30 p.m. near the intersection of Lindeo Paseo and College Avenue. In that incident, two men were walking past the victim when one pushed the victim and took the victim's phone.

Resident using the popular mobile app OfferUp, or similar apps, to sell and buy items have also been at risk, according to police. One man was arrested last week for stealing items after meeting with victims on campus, stealing the items, then running away without giving the victims cash.