Bicycle gangs robbing pedestrians in New Haven

Groups of youths on bicycles have been attacking and robbing pedestrians in the city, prompting a crackdown by police. Gangs of bicyclists have been a particular problem in the Fair Haven neighborhood, often targeting the large population of immigrant workers who live in the area, Police Sergeant Tony Zona told the New Haven Register. ‘‘They’re beating them up, and then they’re taking their stuff,’’ he said. Zona said the department has begun saturating the area with patrols with orders to stop groups of youths riding bikes, take pictures and videos, and share them with officers stationed at schools and school security guards so they can talk to the youths.

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