|Green. (Cook Co. Sheriff's Dept)|
A CTA canine patrol officer at the Garfield Red Line station early Sunday recognized Matthew Green as being wanted for allegedly stealing a man's wallet on a CTA train by cutting the victim's pocket with a razor knife. Green, apparently realizing that he had been identified, fled onto the Red Line tracks, forcing the CTA to shut down power and service in the area, police said.
The security guard quickly caught up with the 58-year-old paroled thief and held him for police.
Bail is set at $250,000 for Green, who is now charged with three counts of theft and trespassing. The theft charges stem from three separate CTA incidents:
• Pickpocketing an Eastern University student at the Wilson Red Line station on April 5.
• Pickpocketing a man on a Blue Line train near the Kedzie-Homan stop April 4.
• Stealing a Samsung Note 4 and a wallet from an Illinois Institute of Technology student at the Chinatown stop on March 28.
|CTA images of a pickpocket in action on the Red Line in January.|
However, CWB can now reveal that Green is the same man who police arrested in connection with a pickpocket incident at the Belmont station in November. As CWB reported then, police had to release him because the victim refused to press charges.
Green also made news for pickpocketing on the CTA in 2012.