Thursday, June 07, 2018

Robbers Targeting CTA Train Passengers Downtown And On North Side, Cops Say

Police released these images of the suspects. | Chicago Police Dept
Police on Thursday morning warned about a series of robberies against CTA train passengers in the Loop, River North, and Lincoln Square. Detectives generally issue a community alert when they believe a series of crimes are connected to a single offender or group of offenders who are working together.

Investigators say a group of young men is approaching victims on CTA trains, platforms, and sidewalks near stations. The robbers then use force to remove valuables from their victims’ pockets and bags. Four specific cases are listed in the community alert:
• The first block of South State at 3 a.m. on May 28
• The first block of North State at 2:30 a.m. on May 29
• The 500 block of North State at 2:40 a.m. on May 29
• The 2400 block of West Montrose at 6 a.m. on May 29.
The alert describes the suspects as African-American men between 17- and 20-years-old.

CWBChicago previously learned details of the May 28th case: A man and his cousin reported that a group of six offenders beat them up and robbed them near State and Madison. The robbers took the victims’ money and phone, then ran eastbound on Madison.

Anyone with information about the robbery pattern is asked to call Area Central investigators at 312-747-8384.

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