There have been 34 armed robberies in Hagerstown so far this year, putting the city on track to end 1999 with fewer heists than it has logged since 1994, Hagerstown City Police say.
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This year's 34 armed robberies were reported through Aug. 24. In all of 1998, police investigated 97 armed robberies, while 93 holdups were reported in 1997.
The city could finish the year with the lowest number of armed robberies since 1994, when 52 robberies were reported, according to Sgt. Jack Hall, who compiles the police department's records.
Interim Police Chief Capt. Robert Hart attributed the decrease to "good police work and an increased police presence."
The 34 armed robberies reported this year were not committed by 34 different people, Hart said.
Most of the crimes are the work of the same group of people, he said. Typically, if robbers are successful with one robbery, they continue robbing until they are caught, he said.