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The UCLA Police Department is urging the campus community to remain vigilant in the wake of a string of strong-arm robberies, officials said.

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A map shows the area near UCLA where a string of robberies were recently reported. (Credit: KTLA)

Three incidents have been reported during the past two weeks in the residential area near the Westwood campus. According to advisories issued by the department:

- A student was walking eastbound on Ophir Drive, near Midvale Avenue, about 1 a.m. Saturday when he was approached by two men who punched him multiple times and removed his shoes. The men were last seen running eastbound on Ophir Drive.

- At 2 a.m. Monday, a student was walking near the intersection of Ophir and Landfair avenues. A man approached the victim and demanded his iPhone. When the student refused, the man assaulted him, then picked up the victim’s wallet and fled. Two other men acted as lookouts.

- A female victim, walking southbound on Kelton Avenue, was pushed from behind by a man about 2:25 p.m on Feb. 5. The man grabbed her cellphone and fled in a grey SUV.

“To be honest, I’m appalled,” said Daniel Haiem, a UCLA junior. “This is the city of Westwood. It’s a college campus; it’s supposed to be safe. You know, the thought of people getting shoes, of all things, stolen — that’s really annoying.”

Anyone with information was asked to contact UCLA detectives at 310-825-9371. Anonymous tips may be reported by calling 310-794-5824 or visiting lacrimestoppers.com.