Detectives from the 106th Precinct are searching for robbers who have grabbed gold chains from around the necks of people as they walked along Liberty Avenue in South Richmond Hill in the past few weeks.
Police said all the victims were men between 40 and 60 years old. The robberies took place along the avenue between 117th and 127th streets with most occuring after 1 a.m., often as the victims were leaving local bars or clubs.
Police suspect the chain-snatching spree is due to the high price of gold and that thieves often pawn the chains they steal.
The robberies come as the 106th Precinct is warning residents of a number of home invasions in which thieves are targeting houses they suspect may have gold inside.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 577-TIPS (8477).The public can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com, or by texting 274637 (CRIMES), then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.