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Men hospitalized after robbery, attempted robbery

13 incidents reported in eight days

9 involved a weapon

December 08, 2011|By TOM MOOR SOUTH BEND TRIBUNE

SOUTH BEND — A pair of men were hospitalized on Wednesday during separate robbery and attempted robberies, adding to a recent uptick in such crime in the city.In the first case, reported at 11:30 a.m., a 36-year-old man told police two or three men used a bat or stick to rob him of his watch and money, police said.Police said the victim, who appeared intoxicated, walked into a business in the 2700 block of Western Avenue to seek help. He was reportedly bleeding from the head and later taken to an area hospital with a cut on his head and a bump on his leg.In the other case, a 24-year-old man told police he was hit in the forehead with a gun in the 1300 block of Lincoln Way West about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. The victim, though, did not have any property to steal, so the assailant took off, police said.The man was taken to an area hospital for injuries suffered in the attempted robbery.No suspect information was available.It was the second straight day a robbery occurred outside Sam’s Food Mart on Lincoln Way West.Between Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, eight days, there have been 13 reported robberies. Nine of those involved a gun.Three of those cases at the beginning of the month involved pizza delivery drivers being robbed after being called to a fake address by the suspects.Capt. Phil Trent, South Bend police spokesman, acknowledged there have been a few more robberies of late, which includes an increase in street type robberies.Staff writer Tom Moor:tmoor@sbtinfo.com574-235-6234

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