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Police step up patrols in Soulard as robberies increase

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(KMOV.com) -- Three robberies, and one at gunpoint in the last 10 days has St. Louis Police stepping up patrols in the Soulard Neighborhood.

Police say a 75-year-old man was robbed and hit over the head with a gun as he was walking his dog near the intersection of Soulard and South 9th St. Also, a 21-year-old woman was pushed down and robbed of her purse in the 1000 block of Geyer.

“I have heard the stories that you are talking about and I know people that live around here that have had similar experiences, armed experiences,” said Sarah Church, who lives in Soulard.

“It's frightening, it scares some people off but not every place is like that,” said Becky Seib, the manager at Epic Pizza in Soulard.

Police say it does not appear the robberies are connected, but the incidents do have police taking action.

“We are bringing additional resources to the area besides our district officers that are down there on a regular basis,” said Major Michael Caruso. “We are bringing some support units down in those areas during the target hours.”

The violent robberies have not resulted in any major injuries. The 75 year-old-man did suffer a cut to his head but was not taken to the hospital. Police are asking anyone with information on the robberies to call CrimeStoppers.

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