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Gwinnett police warn of increase in robberies targeting Latinos

Gwinnett County police have noticed an increase in robberies with mainly Latino and Hispanic victims in the Norcross and Tucker areas, the department said in a release.

The department encourages people to use well-lit streets and sidewalks when walking to work and businesses, and to avoid “heavily traveled shortcuts and paths.” When walking, people should try to walk in groups, or use taxis or rideshare services like Uber whenever possible, the department said. Police discourage carrying large amounts of cash if they are not necessary for where you are going. 

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The department emphasized that all victims should feel safe reporting a crime regardless of immigration status.

“The Gwinnett County Police Department works to protect and seek justice for all of its residents. Immigration status has no effect on these cases being investigated and is not a factor in our response,” the department said in the release. 

The Gwinnett County 911 center has operators that speak Spanish, and the police department has Spanish-speaking officers. 

Anyone with information about recent robberies should contact the Gwinnett County Police Department at 770-513-5700. 

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