The University of Minnesota Department of Public Safety is asking the campus community to be alert after a string of robberies and thefts near campus.
According to an alert sent to students, faculty and staff on Monday, there have been four aggravated robberies, two robberies from persons and four thefts from persons since May 6.
The incidents occurred in the Stadium Village and Dinkytown neighborhoods near campus.
All of the crimes involved cell phones being stolen from university students.
The alert advised students not to use a phone while walking to avoid becoming a target. Students are also encouraged to use the campus safe walk service or campus shuttle to get around.
The most recent reported incident happened on Saturday afternoon, when a suspect stole a victim's phone at University Avenue South and 14th Avenue just after 3 p.m.
The suspect – described as a male in his late-teens to early 20s – then fled in a vehicle, striking the victim in the process, causing them minor injuries.
The vehicle, a silver Honda Civic with license plate 834WRN, was reported stolen in Minneapolis.