Janesville police investigating string of strong-armed robberies
JANESVILLE -- Four strong-armed robberies or attempted robberies were reported last weekend in Janesville, including three that could be related.
Janesville Police Lt. Tim Hiers said a jogger was in the 800 block of McKinley Street at 1:30 p.m. Saturday when four or five men started chasing him.
The men asked the jogger to give them money, but the jogger kept running and got away, Hiers said. He later called police.
Later that night, a woman was walking home from a convenience store at 9 p.m. when four or five men approached her near McKinley Street and Center Avenue, Hiers said. The men stole the woman’s wallet.
An hour later, a man was getting out of his car in the 900 block of Rockport Road when four or five men asked him for money, Hiers said. The man told them he didn’t have any money, and he was punched.
About two hours later, a man ordered several pizzas to a vacant home on Washington Street, Hiers said. When the delivery driver arrived, a man robbed him of his cash.
The first three robberies were likely related, Hiers said. The crimes don’t appear to be gang related.
“Many of our robberies or thefts that occur are not stranger-on-stranger crimes, or they’re drug related,” Hiers said. “That’s not the case here.”
The robberies remain under investigation.
Anyone with information about the robberies should call police at (608) 755-3100 or Janesville Area CrimeStoppers at (608) 755-3636. People also can text information to 274637.
Tipsters can remain anonymous and might be eligible for a cash reward.