Ottawa police are investigating a number of robberies of teenagers in Ottawa’s south end, which investigators believe could be related.

Police said a number of people have been robbed in eight separate incidents since Halloween, five involving a gun and one involving a knife. All eight involved threats.

They said they don’t know if the gun was real or a replica and don't suspect the robberies are gang-related, according to Staff Sgt. Mike Haarbosch.

Police said the victims were robbed at bus stops and while walking on footpaths in the South Keys and Uplands Drive areas. Victims had cellphones, purses and bags taken, along with cash.

Some of the robberies involved swarmings by a group of men, while others were described as one-on-one crimes.

The incidents include:

  • Four incidents on Oct. 31 involving three male and two female victims, including one robbery in the 100-block of Celtic Court where a group of males circled a victim who tried to run but was caught, robbed him of his phone and assaulted him just before midnight.
  • An incident on Nov. 2 at the intersection of Bridlepath Road and Crosscut Terrace around 5:45 a.m., where three males were approached by three or four other males and robbed of their cellphones after a gun was shown.
  • Two incidents on Nov. 3, one of which involved a male being held and searched on a footpath near the Lorry Greenberg Community Centre.
  • An incident on Nov. 13 at the intersection of Uplands Drive and Hunt Club Road around 7:45 a.m., where a female waiting at a bus stop had her cellphone and purse taken by a lone male with a handgun.

There were no injuries reported as a result of these incidents.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ottawa police robbery unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 5116, or Crime Stoppers at 613-233-8477.