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UPDATED: Large group of teens approach woman, steal cell phone

Rochester, N.Y. Police are searching for a large group of suspects following a cell phone robbery Friday evening.

According to the Rochester Police Department, officers responded to the 1000 block of North Goodman Street after a mother, 53, and son, 17, were aggressively approached by a group of about 20 male teenagers around 7:30 p.m.

You really cant do nothing when there is like 20 people, said witness Aaron Christian. So you either just give them the phone or get beat up by like 20 people.

Christian said he saw a large group of teenagers circle a woman texting on her cell phone, around the time and place police said the robbery occurred. 

I would have gave them my phone, too, Christain said. We saw like 20 people. 

According to police, the victim was walking when the group approached her and grabbed her Blackberry cell phone. After a brief struggle, one of the boys took hold of the phone and the group ran off. 

Thats wrong, said Sadiya Curtis. Twenty guys on one woman. Thats just horrible. 

Curtis said shes afraid to take her cell phone out while walking in that area. Earlier in the week, her little sister was robbed at the bus station less than one block away from Fridays reported robbery. Curtis said some men on bicycles rolled by on a bike and snatched her phone.

In the first half of the year, 75 percent of robberies in Rochester involved the theft of a cell phone. 

Theyre easy to get rid of, easy to sell, Christian said. You can just take it to a pawn shop and sell it. 

Talking or texting on a cell phone, Christian said, is like walking around with hundreds of dollars of cash in your hand. 

No one was injured in the cell phone robbery Friday, and police continue to investigate.

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