OAKLAND -- A group of construction workers renovating a home in Oakland were robbed by two men Friday afternoon, the third time in recent months police have seen thieves target laborers.

Around 2:15 p.m., two men entered a home that was being worked on by a crew of six construction workers on the 000 block of Montell Street. One man with a gun stood guard at the front door while the second man approached each man in the crew and robbed them of their wallets, cell phones and cash.

The thieves then left in a red Volvo, heading northbound on Robley Terrace and then turned eastbound onto Monta Vista Avenue.

The victims, all in their 30s and 40s, were not injured.

Police do not have a complete description of the suspects involved.

This is not the first time this brazen type of crime has occurred. On Nov. 18 around 12;30 p.m., four house painters on the job at a residence on the 4900 block of Webster Street, were robbed at gunpoint in the middle of the afternoon.

On Oct. 1, eight people working at a Habitat for Humanity site where former President Jimmy Carter toured were robbed at gunpoint. In that incident, one man was shot at and hit in the head with a pistol, police said.

Anyone with information on the incidents can contact the Oakland Police Department at 510-238-3326.

Staff writer Kristin Bender contributed to this report. Follow Katie Nelson at Twitter.com/katienelson210.



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