CLEVELAND– A series of robberies around University Circle continued on Thursday.
Two women were walking near the Rockefeller Building on Case Western Reserve University’s campus when they were approached by two teens, Cleveland police said. It happened at about 7 p.m.
The teens grabbed at the victims’ purses, but one woman refused to let go. Police said the suspects got away with one purse, which contained an iPhone, car keys, $100 cash and credit cards. The victims, ages 63 and 57, were not injured.
Authorities tracked the phone using the “Find My iPhone” app to the area of East 116th Street and Buckeye Road, but the connection was lost. Case Western Reserve University dispatch told Cleveland police there is no surveillance video of the incident.
“We are deeply troubled by these recent incidents, and grateful for the engagement of local police departments. As we collaborate with them to apprehend suspects and enhance safety around the community, we also will be increasing patrols on our own campus,” a university spokesman said.
On Monday, a CWRU student was robbed on East 123rd Street near Euclid Avenue. University Circle police said four men in a dark-colored Ford Escape threatened to shoot the victim, and made off with his laptop and wallet.
On Feb. 7, another student was robbed at gunpoint at Edgehill and Murray Hill roads in Cleveland’s Little Italy neighborhood.