Three robberies probed in Utica

Three robberies over the course of three days in Utica are under investigation by the city police to see if there is a link.

Anyone with information about the thefts or the attempted theft are asked to call investigators at 223-3510 or 223-3461.

¿ A Utica man was walking near Bennett and Springate streets at 12:20 a.m. today when police said he was assaulted by two black males. The victim was knocked in the head with a blunt object, then police said the thieves went through his pockets and stole his property while he was on the ground. The two fled eastbound on Sherman Drive.

¿ The Citi Trends clothing store on Mohawk Street was robbed by three masked men at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said. The three black males entered the store, and one of them displayed the handgun and demanded money. The store clerk complied, and the trio fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects fled on foot eastbound on McQuade Avenue.

¿ Two black males on bicycles attacked a man on Genesee Street near Watson Place at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The victim was walking southbound when the pair come up from behind. Police said one of the suspects struck the victim in the head with a pellet gun, then they grabbed the victim and demanded money. When the victim told them he had no money, police said the suspect fired the pellet gun and almost shot the victim.

The two suspects then fled southbound on Genesee Street. Police said they are both black males in their early 20s. One was wearing a red jacket and baseball hat, the other an orange shirt.