Richmond police are asking residents passing through and walking near the Richmond BART station at night to pay attention to their surroundings to avoid becoming robbery victims.
There have been 18 robberies near the BART station since the beginning of the year, most of them cell phone robberies, said Richmond Police Lt. Andre Hill.
Hill said people who are distracted by their phones at night and in the early evening are easy targets for robbers.
In some cases, the robbers are armed, but in other cases they merely snatch the phones out of victim’s hands, Hill said.
“You’re displaying an object of desire, in most cases a cell phone, and in most cases you’re not paying attention,” he said.
At a press conference, police distributed fliers in both English and Spanish informing residents about the danger.
Hispanics are often the targets of robberies, Hill said. He said residents should not be reluctant to report crimes, regardless of their
Because Richmond is a “sanctuary city,” any illegal immigrants who report crimes to police will not be reported themselves, according to Hill.
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