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Robbers targeting deliverymen in Brooklyn, police say

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CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — Deliverymen have been targeted by a group of Brooklyn robbers in several incidents since late July, police announced Thursday.

Two men targeted the first deliveryman, 17, on July 26, police said. They sprayed an unknown chemical agent in his face and demanded the food. They ran off with two chicken sandwiches, two cheeseburgers, three slices of pizza, two cans of soda, ice cream and a banana pudding.  Paramedics took the victim to Interfaith Medical Center to have his eyes treated.

A few days later on July 31, a man shoved a 22-year-old deliveryman from his motorized bicycle, worth $1,450, and drove off on it, police said. The victim refused medical attention.

Four men pushed a pizza deliveryman to the ground just after 11 p.m. on Aug. 1 before robbing him, police said. They ran off with the victim's Samsung Note 3 and $300.

Later that week on Aug. 5, two men approached a deliveryman, 27, from behind and put him in a headlock, police said. While one of the suspects held the deliveryman, the other stole his wallet and iPhone 6. The suspects fled on foot.

Two men also grabbed a 28-year-old pizza deliveryman by the neck on Aug. 6 and demanded his property, police said. They ran off with seven boxes of pizza and the victim's wallet.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).