02/20/2013 03:39 pm ET

Serial Subway Robbers Target Straphangers at Bronx Station, Cops Say

MOUNT HOPE — A group of thieves is targeting straphangers in The Bronx's 174th-175th Street D train Station, attacking victims in three separate incidents dating back to December, cops said.

The bandits — who travel in packs of as many as eight people — have carried out violent attacks, putting victims in choke holds and punching them before rifling through their pockets and stealing their wallets or their cellphones, according to the NYPD.