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By Al Novack

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police quickly put an end to a robbery spree last night in West Philadelphia when a group of Drexel University students who had been relieved of their iPhones were able to get a partial license plate number from their robbers’ getaway car.

According to police, two men and a woman robbed a total of 11 people within a two-hour span on Thursday evening.

A total of nine smartphones were taken, all of which have been recovered, and a couple of wallets, which were not immediately recovered.

The first incident occurred about 8:30pm at 45th and Sansom Streets, where two out-of-state visitors in Philadelphia for the Dad Vail Regatta had their phones taken.

Then, police say, the three bandits continued cruising around University City in their car, and at 8:45pm robbed some people at 43rd and Regent Streets of two iPhones.

At 9pm, a man heading to a grocery store was robbed of some cash near 42nd and Ludlow streets, and at 10:20pm five Drexel students were robbed of their smartphones at 32nd and Powelton Avenue.

The trio fled in a black Honda, but the Drexel students got a partial tag number.  Police made a car stop within minutes and two people — a man and a woman, both 25 — were taken into custody.  They now face robbery charges.

Another man remained at large.

No one was injured in any of the robberies.

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