WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — D.C. Police are investigating a string of three robberies, two at gunpoint, that occurred in Upper Northwest on Monday that may be related.

Victims describe being robbed by three black males in their early 20’s standing 5-feet-7 to 6-feet tall.

Authorities believe the first robbery occurred around 5:30 p.m. in the 3800 block of Warren Street.

Around 11 p.m. a second robbery occurred in the 5200 block of Garrison Street NW. Shortly thereafter, another victim was robbed in the 5000 block of Wisconsin Avenue.

A gun was used in both of the later robberies.

It’s hard to determine a correlation between all of the victims, but recently cell phone theft has been an issue. The suspects apparently target victims who are distracted at the time because they are using their phone.

“Robbers definitely use the element of surprise when they can,” Metropolitan Police Commander Mike Reese told WNEW’s Kevin Rincon.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Police Chief Cathy Lanier have stated that it is a priority to stop the recent uptick in thefts in the city.
Councilwoman Mary Cheh echoed their sentiment with a sense of urgency.

“People are beginning to not feel safe and when that happens you have a real, real problem,” she said.