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Hammer-wielding suspects sought in string of Hollywood robberies

Los Angeles police are investigating an overnight robbery spree in which hammer-wielding suspects took wallets, cellphones and a saxophone and attempted to steal a car in four incidents in Hollywood.

Authorities believe at least two men in their late teens or early 20s threatened the victims with hammers and knives—and possibly a Taser, said LAPD Sgt. Mark Ro. No injuries were reported.

The first three incidents were considered "street robberies," with the suspects approaching the victims on foot, Ro said. They were reported at the intersections of Yucca Street and Las Palmas Avenue, Selma Avenue and Schrader Boulevard, and June Street and Lexington Avenue.

Each of the victims was alone, Ro said. The suspects made off with cash, cellphones, wallets and, in the third incident, a saxophone.

The spree ended when the suspects unsuccessfully tried to steal a car at Cahuegna Boulevard and Waring Avenue, Ro said.

Investigators were combing the car for fingerprints and examining area surveillance cameras for video, Ro said.

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