3 Arrested as police investigate iPhone robberies at ASU

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Police officers arrested three suspects in connection to a series of iPhone robberies on the Arizona State University campus in Tempe.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Monday, three males fitting the description of the robbery suspects were seen loitering near the Schwada building, attempting to approach a female student who was walking alone.

Officers contacted the trio and connected them to two recent robberies in the same area, according to Cmdr. Jim Hardina with the ASU Police Department.

A juvenile suspect was arrested for two counts of strong armed robbery. Another juvenile and a man were arrested on unrelated charges.

Police have not released the names of those arrested because the investigation is ongoing. Police believe there are more suspects involved in the robberies.

The victims primarily have been ASU students with i-phones and laptops who were walking along streets in or around campus, according to the Tempe Police Department. In the incidents, one or more suspects would approach the victim and snatch the phone or provide a distraction, such as asking for directions, then grab the technology and run away. In at least one incident, force was used to take the phone. 

Witnesses described the suspects as three black males in their late teens to early 20s. A getaway vehicle was used in some of the incidents.