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Five goons targeted children amid a string of Prospect Park robberies beginning in April, according to authorities.

A 16-year-old boy told police he was on West Drive near Prospect Park Lake April 25 at 6:30 p.m., when the gang of five men surrounded him and nabbed a whopping $8 off him.

Two days later, a 13-year-old boy reported he was near the same spot along West Drive at 3:35 p.m., when five men ambushed him, slugged him in the face and grabbed his iPhone 7, before fleeing.

The teen proved he had a stiff upper lip and refused medical attention, cops said.

Finally, a 17-year-old boy told police he was approached by five men on Prospect Park West near Ninth Street on May 2 at 5:10 p.m. when one of them punched him in the face, before the gang stripped off his backpack, which contained a $4,000 laptop, and grabbed his iPhone 8.

Cops released a surveillance image of a man they claim is one of the thieves.

Anyone who provides police with information leading to an arrest can expect a $2,500 reward through the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers program. The public can phone tips in at (800) 577-8477, log into the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, tweet @NYPDTips, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 11:58 am, May 7, 2019
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