MANHATTAN — A group of teen girls went on a mugging spree uptown on Monday, pretending to ask their victims for directions before snatching their cash, jewelry and phones, police said.
In four muggings that took place in Washington Heights between 8 and 9 p.m. Monday, one teen asked a passerby for directions. Her three accomplices then surrounded the victim and picked through their pockets, the NYPD said.
The four girls, all in their late teens, first robbed a 64-year-old man outside 45 Fairview Ave., near Wadsworth Terrace, about 8 p.m., police said.
Just 30 minutes later, they moved on to rob a 61-year-old man outside 605 W. 182nd St., near St. Nicholas Avenue, police said.
And then 20 minutes later, at about 8:50 p.m., they robbed a 25-year-old woman outside 630 W. 170th St., near Broadway, before moving up to Pinehurst Avenue and W. 179th Street where they robbed a 27-year-old man, police said.
No injuries were reported in any of the muggings, the NYPD said.
Police said the women are all about 5-foot-5.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).