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Sacramento police investigate string of armed robberies in Tahoe Park, central city areas

The Sacramento Police Department is investigating a series of armed robberies in the Tahoe Park area and central Sacramento over the past week.

The 10 robberies have taken place between 8 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. as victims have been getting out of their cars or walking to them. Masked robbers approach, armed with handguns, said Bryce Heinlein, Sacramento police spokesman.

“There is a little bit of thought going into these robberies,” Heinlein said.

According to a police news release, the robbers are seeking items that are easily accessible and publicly displayed, including money or electronic devices. The gunmen are believed to be driving either a silver or tan/gold sedan, the news release said.

Sacramento police provide these tips:

▪ Be alert – pay attention to people loitering for no apparent purpose.

▪ Trust your instincts – be wary of people asking for directions, a cigarette or to use your cellphone.

▪ Be aware of your surroundings – avoid distractions and using electronic devices when walking alone.

▪ Travel in groups.

▪ Don’t resist and don’t argue – give up your personal belongings.

▪ Activate GPS tracking applications on electronic devices.

▪ Report any suspicious activity or crime immediately.

Sacramento police encourage anyone with information to call the dispatch center at 916-264-5471 or the Sacramento Valley Crime Stoppers at 916-443-4357. Anonymous tips can be sent using the free “P3 Tips” smartphone app.

Jessica Hice: 916-321-1550, @JesserPea