EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso police say robberies in the far west Texas city so far this year are up 17 percent from the same period a year ago.

Police spokesman Robert Gomez tells the El Paso Times (http://bit.ly/1Vz0xqy ) that police in each of the city's five regional commands are addressing the increase and that the robberies are not connected.

The 185 robberies include armed robberies and holdups where no weapon was used.

The sharpest jump — 50 percent — has been on the city's west side.