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A group of armed robbers has been terrorizing the Upper West Side — targeting everyone from Citi Bike riders in Central Park to a 13-year-old kid in a Dodgers cap, cops say.
The creeps were last seen just after midnight Wednesday forcibly taking the cellphone and wallet of a 27-year-old man “while threatening to stab him” on West 69th Street near Central Park West, the NYPD said.
Cops believe that the group of at least three male suspects is behind four other robberies in March — including a trio last week and two more incidents involving teenage victims.
On March 30, the men allegedly brandished a gun and robbed three teenage boys on Riverside Drive — walking away with two cell phones and a sweatshirt.
Two and a half hours later, the group broke into the lobby of an apartment building at Riverside Driver and West 78th Street and stole an electric scooter, police said.
On March 13 at 3:25 p.m., the men also allegedly followed a 13-year-old boy into the lobby of an apartment building near Amsterdam Avenue and West 77th Street, pushed the him to the floor and stole his LA Dodgers hat.
Four days later, at around 9 p.m., the individuals threatened two 20-somethings in Central Park with a knife and stole their Citi Bikes, cops said.
NYPD has made surveillance photos of the crew from Wednesday’s robbery available.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
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