Three robbed at gunpoint downtown

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(KTVI) -Three people were robbed at gunpoint downtown Thursday night after walking to their car from Ballpark Village. Police say around 10:30 p.m. they were approached by two men with guns in the 500 block of Locust, about six blocks from Busch Stadium. The suspects demanded their cell phones and money. No one was injured.

They walked back to the ball park to report the robbery.

Less than two months ago in late June, a group of five people were robbed.  According to Chief Sam Dotson, these thieves were stealing cars from the Metro east before coming to St. Louis to commit robberies.

At the time the chief  promised to increase the number of officers, uniform, plainclothes and those on bicycles in the area.  He said police would also monitor traffic on the bridges.  The downtown St. Louis partnership has also been trying to discourage crime by adding security cameras.

City officials point out crime around the stadium and Ballpark Village area has been very low since the opening of the Village earlier this year.