WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A string of weekend robberies has some Purdue students concerned about their safety after dark.
"Pretend you're talking to somebody on the phone because then if somebody comes and grabs you then you'll be talking to somebody," said Chris Ransdell.
"I try to make sure I'm walking along State Street where all the cars or I kind of scurry from blue box to blue box," said Brittany Pringle.
The first robbery happened Friday night near the intersection of Russell and Third streets.
The second occurred early Sunday morning on North Russell Street.
The third happened early Monday morning on Centennial Mall Drive. Police believe the robberies are connected because they occurred in a such short time span.
"All of the victims or witnesses that we were able to locate all gave the same story about how they were approached and the same types of things were stolen in each case," said Purdue Police Chief John Cox.
Cox said in each case, the victims were assaulted from behind. He said no weapons were involved with the robberies and the subjects got away with cell phones, wallets and laptops. He said police are looking for two to four males.
"The individuals that are responsible for this are probably not part of our community here at the university. We've had at least one witness describe them as not being high school students, not being college students but young adults," said Cox.
Cox said there are nearly 250 blue light emergency boxes located throughout campus. He said a call to police can be made with one touch of a button.
Utilizing the the blue light emergency box isn't the only way students can stay safe on campus after dark. They can take advantage of the 24-hour "Safe Walk" program through the police department.
"We will walk students as far off campus as Littleton Street and South Salisbury," said Cox.
Cox also encourages students to be aware of their surroundings, travel in groups, and call police if they notice anything suspicious.
If you have any information about the recent robberies, call the Purdue Police Department or the anonymous We-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.
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