Metro said it is seeing an uptick in robberies for the first three months of this year, as snatchings of iPhones continues to be a problem on the system.

Robberies are up 36 percent — 121 incidents from January to March, from 89 incidents during the same time period last year. Metro officials said these robberies include crimes in which a suspect confronts a person and demands their property with “force or the threat of force.” Twenty-nine percent of the 121 robbery incidents involved iPhone thefts.

While the number of snatching and pickpocket incidents on Metro dropped to 144 incidents in the first quarter of this year, compared to 239 incidents a year ago — a five year high — 67 percent of snatchings this year were of Apple iPhones, according to Metro statistics.