Police Alert:

We have identified a series of strong arm street robberies in and around the Central/North Central area. Six incidents have occurred in the past 6 days, between the hours of 7:00PM and 1:00AM within a four block radius of South Delaware and Cypress Streets.

These incidents appear to be related as they all involve a Hispanic male adult walking or bicycling through the area, being accosted by a group of African American male suspects wearing hooded sweatshirts. Some of the crimes involved physical assaults; others just consisted of grabbing and restraining the victim while removing cash and property from them.

The victims in these cases were unable to get a full description of the suspects, and we are asking for the public’s help in this matter. Please contact the San Mateo Police Department Investigations Unit 650-522-7650 or the Secret Witness Line 650-522-7676 if you have any information.

The Police Department has given this case the highest priority and assigned officers to an operational plan which includes plain clothes surveillance, exhaustive investigation, work with allied agencies, and high profile patrols of the area. Neighborhood Watch groups and the neighboring residents have been notified, and we encourage the community to be aware of their surroundings, and assist us as our “eyes and ears” in the community.

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