• Atlanta Symphony members robbed at gunpoint leaving rehearsal


    ATLANTA - Police are looking for teenagers they say robbed members of the Atlanta Symphony orchestra when they were coming back from a rehearsal.
    One victim told Channel 2’s Matt Johnson he was walking from Symphony Hall across the street to his parked car in Ansley Park when he and a colleague were ambushed.
    For neighbors, they say robberies are becoming a trend.
    “It just seems to be an increasing problem, very scary,” said neighbor Margaret Martin.
    Monday night two members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra told police three teens with guns robbed them after a rehearsal at around 10:40 p.m.
    The symphony orchestra told Johnson two chorus members were robbed near their parked cars on Peachtree Circle, about a block away from Symphony Hall.
    “I have children who park on the street and I’m concerned for their safety,” Martin said.
    Johnson spoke to one victim over the phone Tuesday night who said he's shaken up by the robbery.
    He said one of the robbers chased him with a gun before they took off. Musicians leaving Symphony Hall say they're re-thinking where they park.
    “It's quiet and dark for sure so sometimes i do wonder if it's actually a good thing to park over there,” said musician Lalit Darunte
    The robbery comes a little more than two weeks after two men were robbed on Peachtree Circle at 2 p.m. in broad daylight just a quarter mile away.
    “Increased security cameras and patrols are certainly required,” Martin said.
    Channel 2 Action News was there when Atlanta police patrolled the neighborhood Tuesday night and neighbors say a plan for street cameras is in the works.
    Aubry Martin works at Symphony Hall and said she protects herself while the robbers are still out there.
    “I carry a little can of pepper spray with me and I’m very aware of my surroundings,” Aubry Martin said.
    Neighbors plan to meet with police Friday to talk about the two robberies.
    Private security is moving their patrol hours later at night because of the threat of more crime during the holidays.

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