Friday, August 18, 2017

Whoops! CTA Pickpocket Exits Bus Into Mob Of Cops At "Antifa" Protest

Steele (inset) exited a CTA bus into the middle of dozens of cops. | Protest image: DNAInfo Chicago
A career pickpocket was caught red-handed this week when he stole a woman’s wallet on a CTA bus, then stepped off the bus into the middle of dozens of cops who were handling an anti-facist protest, prosecutors said.

55-year-old Lawrence Steele stole the woman’s purse as they rode westbound on a #77 Belmont bus around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, according to court records. He jumped off at Western Avenue and quickly transferred to a southbound Western bus.

Unfortunately for Steele, nearly 40 cops were stationed on the street at Belmont and Western because “antifa” protesters had injured an officer during a dust-up moments earlier.

The victim was able to quickly notify one of the officers who radioed out a description of Steele. He was arrested minutes later when 14th District officers boarded his Western Avenue bus near the Kennedy Expressway.

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Officers found the victim’s wallet and bank card onboard.

Charged with felony theft from person, Steel’s bond is set at $100,000.

In November 2014, Steel was sentenced to 2 years prison for (this may sound familiar) reaching into a woman’s purse and stealing her wallet while riding a #22 Clark bus in Lakeview.
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  1. Why is it that the people who are the most anti something tend to be an embodiment of that something? Antifa? Ha! I've never seen such a group of fascist out-of-control spoiled trust fund brats. I'm sure many of them tried to protect their fellow criminal sjw.

    1. I like the sign I saw at one of the antifa protests that said "No freedom of speech for facist"

      You can't make this stuff up. smh

  2. A thief named Steele. Who'd a thunk it?
    And the Thai officer that arrested him was Nab Yu?

  3. Of course he was steeling. Otherwise how would he eat?

  4. Ya just gotta love the look on the copper with the nightstick! Wooden shampoo anyone?

  5. About the photo : Give me 500 of the cop on the left and send the guy on the right home...the anti's will be handled and streets be cleared in short order.Wagons full of de- masked nit-wits headed for court the next day .

  6. 2 days laterthis guys hand was in my purse on the train folliwing Cubs game. Busted in the act, i got my wallet from his waistband and he bolted off the train. Loser! I will say my purse zipped, in front of me with my jersey over it and I didnt even feel him do it. Thankfully my friend saw him stuff it in his waist band