Police looking for information in two armed robberies in East Utica
UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica Police are investigating two armed robberies in East Utica that happened Saturday night, and are asking for the public's help in identifying suspects. Law enforcement officials tell NEWSChannel 2 that they are unsure if the two robberies are connected in any way. The first incident, described as a strong armed robbery by police, happened in the area of Albany and Rutger Streets around 8:30 p.m. Utica Police say that six to seven unknown men knocked another man to the ground, punched and kicked him, and then stole his bicycle and a MP3 player. Police have little information on the suspects, except that they are all described as black males. One was approximately 18 years of age or younger, 5’4” with a thin build wearing white pants with a black stripe. Another, also 18 years of age or younger and about 5’9” had a medium build wearing black sweatpants and a gray “Under Armor type” long sleeve workout shirt. Police say the bicycle that was stolen is a grey 26" mountain bicycle with 21 speeds and a "Schwinn" seat that has a rip on the left side, a water bottle holder and a combination chain on the seat column. The Utica Police Department Police is asking that anyone with information regarding the robbery or the whereabouts of the bicycle, call the Criminal Investigation Division at 315-223-3510. All phone calls will be kept confidential.