Crew of kids beat, rob two men in Clinton Hill

Police are searching for a crew of tween delinquents who jumped two men in Clinton Hill and stole their cell phones on the night of Sept. 11.

First, the five ruffians — who police believe are between 12 and 15 years old — snuck up from behind a man as he was strolling on Willoughby Avenue near Ryerson Street at 9:10 pm and whacked him on the back of the head and face, then snatched his cell phone — worth $500 — and ran off, cops said.

Around 30 minutes later, the punks hit a different guy in the back of the head and kicked him in the face, elbow, and leg as he was walking on Washington Avenue near Willoughby Avenue, grabbed his phone, also worth $500, and bolted, according to a report.

Police ask anyone with information about the crimes to call (800) 577–8477, submit tips at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, or text 274637 followed by TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill