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Yakima Crime is Down but Robberies Are Increasing

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YAKIMA, Wash.- Yakima Police officers have been working hard to keep crime down but people in yakima say they're always anticipating something.

"If its not fighting, gang- related, drug-related its going to be something else," said Edelmira Quezada.

And police officers say the month of December is usually when they see a lot of robberies.

"It's Christmas time, people need extra cash, a lot of people are out of work here, heating bills are higher, just getting by in the winter can be harder," said Captain Greg Copeland from the Yakima Police Department.

And this is clear by the number of robberies this winter. Police officers responded to 89 robberies in 2007 and 98 so far this year. Some of the robberies have been more brutal than others.

Last week two men hit a man with the baseball bat at the corner of McKinley and Clarke Avenue and then stole his car.

Officers say cases like this one are very unusual and that most of the robberies occur at night on the streets.

"Someone comes up, says give me your money or else...that's about more than half of our cases," said Copeland.

And in these robberies, it's harder to find suspects.