Thursday, April 23, 2015

FINALLY: Prolific CTA Pickpocket Chased Onto Tracks, Arrested

Green. (Cook Co. Sheriff's Dept)
Chicago police have arrested a prolific CTA pickpocket suspect who is believed to be responsible for a number of thefts from commuters since he got paroled last summer.

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.
The CTA issued an alert on January 24 to warn commuters of Red Line pickpocketing incidents. In that case, a pickpocket who boarded at the Wilson stop stole a woman's wallet as she prepared to exit a train at Chicago Avenue. Green has not been charged in that case.

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.
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11 comments:

  1. They shouldn't have turned off the electricity on the third rail.

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  2. Wonder what sort slap on the wrist he will receive. He will be out in no time to continue his criminal career.

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    1. Exactly. And the attitude projected by his jutted-out chin shows that he knows he will get, as most, a slap on the wrist.

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  3. Well, at least he looks sorry. Oh....wait.

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  4. I like his hat...I wonder where he stole it.

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  5. How many crimes did he commit right after he was released in Dec. due to lack of follow thru by the victim. Most on here are very proactive and it is great. NEVER let a criminal go if he/she is caught, sign the complaints, goto court. They ruined your day, week etc, give it back to them.

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    1. I was mugged in Boystown and was astounded at how quickly the CPD was able to apprehend him. I then did all the ongoing follow-thru to ensure he would be prosecuted. I took time off work to attend hearings and court proceedings. I gave a victim's statement. Then when it was time to rule, the judge gave the punk probation. I now see him lurking around on the streets of Boystown again. So don't fucking tell me that lack of follow thru by the victim is the problem.

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    2. Same with me, police caught a guy shopping in my garage. I showed up to court, he couldn't make bail, a few months later he was released and I never heard anything more. Its hard enough to catch these guys. And when you do catch them how many other crimes have they gotten away with. Thats why when you get one the system needs to keep them for a while.

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    3. It's the Crook County Catch and Release Program. We catch them and the ASAs and judges release them.

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  6. One problem is that the jails are full of mentally ill people. There's no place for violent offenders. So they get probation. This is why its nuts to close outpatient mental health clinics. And now C4 is closing. More mentally ill people will end up in Emergency rooms and county jail.

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    1. Absolutely true.
      And the mentally ill inmates absorb huge resources inside - segregated facilities, heightened supervision etc.

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