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      Syracuse Police release new information on Le Moyne-area robberies

      Syracuse Police have released new information in the case of a pair of robberies near Le Moyne College over the past week.

      Police released a statement Tuesday updating and clarifying some of the information first reported Monday evening. Spokesman Sgt. Tom Connellan says on the afternoon of December 3 one male victim was walking to his vehicle at 618 Audubon Parkway when he was attacked by three black males. Police say the assailants pushed the victim against the vehicle and knocked his head against the door before stealing a leather bag containing an iPad and textbooks. The suspects then ran off down Fayette Boulevard.

      Police say no weapon was used in the December 3 robbery.

      About a week later, on Monday night, two females, at least one of whom is a Le Moyne student, were waiting for a bus at the corner of Audubon Parkway and Fayette Boulevard when they were approached by two males. Officers said one of the suspects displayed what appeared to be a black handgun. The suspects robbed the victims of their purses and ran off towards Briarcliff Estate Apartments.

      Officers described the December 9 robbery suspects as black males in their mid-teens with thin builds. Both were wearing dark clothes and hooded sweatshirts pulled tight over their faces. The suspect with the gun was wearing sunglasses, and the other suspect had a black-and-white bandana covering his nose and lower face.

      The college is using these robberies to remind students what they should be doing when walking outside.

      Mark Petterelli is with Le Moyne's Campus Security. "Our young adults today and our teenagers are glued to their PDA's to their smart phones, headphones in. You know you need to be aware of your surroundings, looking, listening," says Petterelli.

      Taylor Glausen is a junior on campus and lives in an apartment not too far from where these robberies happened. "U sually whenever me or one of my roommates leave, we have at least one of us, so it's a group of two or more ," says Glausen.

      Syracuse Police say they have stepped up patrols in the area as a results of these incidents. Anyone with information on either of these cases is asked to contact the Syracuse Police Department at 442-5222.