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Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 3:00am

Plainclothes Officers Deploy Near Tech

Atlanta police said they are hoping officers wearing plain clothes can prevent robberies of students near the Georgia Tech campus.

Atlanta police Maj. Chris Leighty tells CBS Atlanta the plainclothes officers are being sent into neighborhoods around the downtown campus.

In the most recent robbery, a Georgia Tech student told police he was attacked and robbed as he walked home from campus early Monday.

The student said he was a few blocks from his home on Tumlin Street when two men in a gold Toyota got out of their car and approached him. Police say one of the men was armed with a handgun. He told police he was kicked and punched in the head, and his cell phone and wallet were stolen.