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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