WASHINGTON (AP) — Authorities are investigating a series of taxicab robberies in northeast Washington and say they may be related.

Police say the first robbery happened about 1:25 a.m. Wednesday as a cab driver was dropping off a passenger at Third Street and Rhode Island Avenue. Authorities say the passenger robbed the driver of a phone and cash before fleeing toward Bryant Street.

At about 10:30 p.m., a cab driver was robbed in the 600-block of Rhode Island Avenue. Police say the passenger took a phone and ear piece and fled north on the Metropolitan Bike Trail.

And at 12:55 a.m. Thursday, police say a passenger tried to rob a cab driver at Third and Evarts streets. Authorities say the cab driver continued driving and then slowed down, and the passenger got out without taking anything.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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