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Armed robber snatches cell phone from Beltline jogger

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Atlanta police are investigating a report that an armed suspect robbed a woman as she jogged along the city's Beltline trail Tuesday morning.

The woman said she noticed a suspicious man who was watching her. In a neighborhood email, the woman said she continued jogging and a short distance later was approached by a second man.  He allegedly showed a gun in his pants and demanded money.  Police said the victim had no cash, so the robber grabbed her iPhone and took off.

"I think it's terrible," said Erin Smith, who was exercising along the Beltline Wednesday.  "I think it's terrible that you can't walk around with things that you need, essentials.  Most of the time in an emergency you want to have your phone so you can call someone."

Atlanta police told CBS Atlanta News they were checking records, but it appears Tuesday's attack on the trail is the first this year.  Police said a handful of phone snatchings were reported at the end of 2012.

The Virginia Highlands Civic Association said despite news of the stolen cell phone, the organization feels the Beltline is safe and well patrolled.

Many who use the trail regularly agreed.

"We're always making sure there's a lot of people and that there's cops on foot, bikes and in patrol cars," said Thomas Elliott.  "It's pretty safe during the daytime."

Elliott said people should be alert wherever they are.

"You're in the city," said Elliott. "Things are going to happen."

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