Police bust crew suspected in Hayes Valley muggings 

It’s game-over for a roving pack of street thugs that made armed robberies in Hayes Valley their summertime sport, police said.

Police say they’ve hauled in three young gangbangers during the last two weeks for allegedly preying on pedestrians in the neighborhood — with much help from officers that monitor nearby housing projects — and that the “key” arrests “should have a huge impact on that crime in that area.”

“This ‘pack’ of juvenile offenders has been very busy over the summer and is responsible for many of the street robberies occurring in and around the Hayes Valley area,” police said.

In a recent robbery, a 29-year-old woman listening to music was slammed against a wall, with a gun honed in on her, because she did not easily give up her purse, police said.

Walkers in The City have had to look over their shoulders all summer, and police say they’re cracking down on the thugs.

One plan is to add plainclothes cops to lure unassuming robbers, police said last week. Also, police are mulling a public outreach campaign to remind walkers that flashing a Blackberry or iPod while roaming the streets late at night is not the most brilliant idea.

Meanwhile, cops are making more busts.

Early Sunday, for example, a 26-year-old man was cuffed in Bernal Heights for allegedly robbing a pedestrian. Cops are investigating whether the man is the lowlife responsible for earlier robberies at 30th and Church streets and Seventh Avenue and Anza Street.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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