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If this keeps up, commuters in Boerum Hill will be hailing in vain.

Three livery cab drivers were held up at gunpoint in separate incidents in the usually quiet neighborhood over the past two weeks, officials said.

Two of the robberies took place on Pacific Street, said cops from the 84th Precinct, who are currently trying to see if the heists are related.

Police said that the most recent incident took place on Pacific Street between Bond and Hoyt streets.

The 56-year-old cabbie was dispatched to pick someone up on the block at 2:30 a.m. on August 21. As he waited outside the address, two Hispanic males ran up to his window and pulled a gun on him.

“Get out of the car or I’ll kill you,” one of the thieves ordered as he pulled the victim out of the car.

The thieves struck the cab driver in the back of the head with the butt of the gun three times before running off with his receipts.

Two days earlier, on August 19, a 26-year-old cabbie was robbed in a similar incident on Bergen Street between Bond and Hoyt streets, according to officials.

As in the more recent heist, someone called the cabbie’s dispatcher and asked to be picked up on Bergen Street at 4:30 a.m.

A few moments later two people, described as a black male and a white male, approached the vehicle. One of the men had a gun in his hand.

“Give me your money and everything you have,” the thief demanded as the duo robbed their victim of $150, his cell phone and the keys to his vehicle.

Police said that a third cabbie was also robbed as he waited to pick up a passenger on Pacific Street near Nevins street back on August 14.

Three thieves reportedly ran up to the driver’s side window at 5 a.m. and pulled a gun, ordering the victim out of the vehicle.

He then told the victim to lie down on the asphalt behind the back bumper as his colleagues looted the cabin of his receipts and wallet.

The thieves also tried to snatch the radio from the 2005 Lincoln Town Car, but couldn’t yank it out of its housing without generating attention, cops were told.

No injuries were reported in any of these heists, officials said.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to come forward.

Calls can be made to the 84th Precinct at (718) 875-6811. All calls will be kept confidential.

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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