Three men who visited a New York City gay bar were robbed of thousands of dollars through facial recognition access on their phones, the New York Police Department confirmed Thursday.

The three men, who were in their 30s and 40s, visited a Chelsea gay leather bar, The Eagle NYC, on separate nights in October and November and robbed between $1,000 and $5,000 each, according to the deputy commissioner for information. New York Police Department.

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, authorities said.

Police believe criminals used facial recognition to access victims’ phones and funds once they became incapacitated, according to Capt. Robert Gault of the city’s 10th precinct, who spoke about the incidents at a council meeting. police community last week.

“What we think is happening with this scheme is that they are being lured out of the club, perhaps to say, ‘Hey, do you want to come with me? I’ve got some good drugs,’ or something like that,’” Gault said. «And then once they get in a car to do whatever it is they’re going to do, at some point or another, they don’t know what happened when they wake up.»

A 19-year-old girl and a 42-year-old man visiting a New York City bar unaffiliated with the LGBTQ community, the Hotel Chantelle, were also robbed in November and December by the same group of criminals, a spokesman said. from the police.

The spokesperson did not share how authorities were able to link the five incidents to the same group. Gault said authorities were able to locate the license plate, vehicles of interest and at least one phone number associated with the suspects in the incidents involving The Eagle NYC.

Neither The Eagle NYC nor Hotel Chantelle responded to NBC News’ requests for comment.

In January, The Eagle NYC posted security footage of two men interacting with patrons of the bar outside the venue on their Instagram account, writing: “Do not take walks with these guys. They tell us they have someone in a car (around nearby street corners) waiting for these guys to bring someone over.»

The Eagle NYC added in the since-deleted Instagram post that it «reported known offenders to the proper authorities.»

The police spokesman said the incidents at The Eagle NYC and the Chantelle Hotel are not related to any other pattern of robberies occurring in the city.

The recent robberies resemble the cases, reported by NBC News in November, of Julio Ramírez, 25, a social worker, and John Umberger, 33, a political consultant, who were similarly attacked and died unexplained deaths.

On separate nights of their deaths, Ramirez and Umberger were seen leaving New York City gay bars with groups of men before their bank accounts were drained of thousands of dollars through facial recognition access to their phones, according to their families.

At the time, the NYPD revealed that the police and the district attorney’s office were investigating «several incidents in which people have been the victims of robbery or assault,» in which some, but not all, are members. of the LGBTQ community.

On Monday, the New York City Office of Nightlife held a webinar targeting the city’s LGBTQ community, promoting safety precautions for bar patrons in light of previously reported robberies. Officials advised bar patrons not to use facial recognition technology to protect their phones and alert friends of their whereabouts.