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Sacramento sheriff says 15 arrested in robberies of Asians in south county

Sacramento County sheriff's officials say a coordinated effort to combat an uptick in robberies targeting Asian victims in south Sacramento County is proving successful in the county's unincorporated areas as well as the city of Sacramento.

The partnership and communication among the Sheriff’s Department, Sacramento Police Department and the Asian community has resulted in a 77 percent decrease in related robberies in the unincorporated areas of the county since August, the Sheriff’s Department reported Friday.

The Sheriff’s Department has made 15 arrests related to the robbery series, according to a department news release.

The Sacramento Police Department reported earlier this month that it had arrested 20 people for the crimes and that the area had seen a 43 percent drop in robberies in September.

Those figures were contested by Asian community leaders, who said the drop isn’t as large and credited community patrols with restoring the peace. A group of residents, some of them armed, has been patrolling south Sacramento and responding to pleas for help posted on social media.

Sheriff’s officials said robbery detectives are still investigating other crimes related to the series of robberies within the city and the unincorporated areas. Because of the ongoing investigations, they said, the names and booking photos of those arrested are not being released at this time.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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