Rochester sees spike in robberies, reignites NY SAFE Act debate – High tech gadgets, like smart phones, that many of us carry every day are actually helping police solve crimes. Officers say three men robbed a man and a woman at gunpoint Wednesday night on Avon Place near South Clinton Avenue. Investigators say they stole cash, a bank card and both of the victims’ cell phones. But they didn’t get too far. Thanks to a tracking application on one of those cell phones, officers say they found the men at the Hudson Avenue Wal-Mart parking lot. News10NBC found out that this particular type of crime is on the rise. So far this year, Rochester Police say they’ve seen a significant increase in the number of robberies involving guns. So we asked state officials and local gun advocates if they thought the new gun law was helping at all. The groups remain divided. Gun owners are still upset about the SAFE Act and government officials say they are standing by their decision.