2 teens robbed on Valley Stream streets

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Two teens were robbed in separate incidents a handful of blocks and just minutes apart in Valley Stream early Thursday evening, Nassau County police said.

In one incident, the robber took an iPhone; an iPod was taken in the other robbery.

Police said they are investigating whether the robberies are related because of their proximity.

The first street robbery occurred at 5:50 p.m. on Rose Avenue when the suspect approached a 15-year-old, "threatened to beat the victim" -- and stole his iPod. The teen was uninjured. The suspect fled onto Mary Street, police said.

A little more than five minutes later, police said a suspect approached a 14-year-old on Boden Avenue -- and grabbed the iPod he was carrying.

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The victim ran from the scene after being threatened by the suspect, police said. The suspect fled on Boden.

The two robberies are only about 1/4-mile apart.

In the first, the suspect was described as being about 6-foot-2; in the second, he was described as being 6-foot-4.

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Police ask anyone with information about the street robberies to call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

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