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Police seek tips in pedestrian-robbery series

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Authorities asked the public Friday for help in identifying a group of youthful thieves responsible for a spree of recent armed pedestrian robberies in Mira Mesa.

During the holdups, which occurred during the first two weeks of this month, the bandits -- believed to be teenage boys or young men -- stole cash, credit cards, cell phones and portable media players, according to San Diego police.

At least one of the crooks displayed a pistol during each of the crimes, but none of the victims were injured.

Following the robberies, the thieves used stolen credit cards at nearby stores, where surveillance cameras captured video images of them.

The bandits, who appear to be Latinos ages 16 to 20, struck Jan. 6 in the 8300 block of Mira Mesa Boulevard, Jan. 8 in the 8700 block of Westmore Road and twice on Jan. 12 -- in the 9500 block of Galvin Avenue and in the 9100 block of Hillary Drive.

They fled the robbery scenes in an older-model, four-door Honda Civic or similar vehicle, police said.

Anyone with information on the holdups is asked to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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