Police said a group of youths playing on a basketball court at a city park Monday evening reported that four men armed with a handgun robbed them, taking personal items they had put on a bench by the court and a car that one of them had driven there.
The youths told police one of the robbers fired a shot in the air during the robbery, which happened about 7:30 p.m. at Chamberlain Park, at the corner of Chamberlain Street and Everett Avenue, two blocks west of Oberlin Road.
The four began going through items the players had left on the bench, and the youths approached them, police said they were told. That was when one of the four thieves fired a shot into the air, police said.
The thieves took money, cell phones and a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe sport utility vehicle, according to a police report.
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Patrol officers found the Tahoe abandoned about 12:40 a.m. Tuesday at the Jaycee Community Center on Wade Avenue, near Oberlin Road. Chamberlain Street ends at the community center, five blocks north of the park.
Police said the victims described two of the robbers. One was a black man, about 6 feet tall and wearing a gray jacket and khaki pants. The other was a black male wearing a parka-like coat and khakis, police reported. There was no physical description of the second man and no information on the third and fourth robbers.
The thieves appeared to be in their teens or 20s, police said.