Robbers may be targeting commuters in New Haven

Church St. housing complex in New Haven, June 12, 2014. (WTNH / Kent Pierce)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP/WTNH) — New Haven police are warning commuters who walk downtown from Union Station about a rash of robberies along that route.

“The issue with Church Street South is architecturally that it’s a structure that really lends itself to hiding places,” police spokesman David Hartman tells News 8.

There have been at least six robberies over the past six weeks in or near the Church Street housing complex. Police say many people cut through the complex on their way from the train station to downtown New Haven.

“People will try to take shortcuts,” Hartman said. “People may not understand where they are walking through; it is private property, it is residential public housing.”

Police say the robberies are occurring between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m and appear to be targeting pedestrians who look as though they don’t belong in the area.

Hartman said some of the robberies have been basically purse-snatching incidents. He urges pedestrians to be alert when walking in the area. Police are adding extra patrols.

Commuter Nicole Beletsky said her friend who goes to Yale always reminds her to avoid certain areas when she gets off her train at Union Station.

AJ Walker reporting

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