Police Warn CTA Riders Of Multiple Pickpocketing Cases On El Trains, Stations Downtown

Dave Berner
October 07, 2019 - 7:21 am
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Police are warning CTA riders to be careful of pickpocketing on the train and South Loop platforms after multiple recent incidents occurred.

Nine pickpocketing incidents happened in the afternoons and daylights, most in broad daylight, police say. The most recent case happened Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. near the Lake Red Line platform.

Police said each case is the same: a man creates a distraction while another grabs the wallet from someone's pocket or bag. The suspects then go to ATMs and withdraw cash from the victim’s credit and debit accounts before bank card security has time to deactivate the cards, police said.

The pickpocketing suspects are both described as black males between the ages of 45 and 60. One weights 180 to 210 pounds, the other 200 to 250 pounds, and both have been seeing wearing various baseball hats, police said.

The incidents occurred on the following dates and locations:

• At 2:47 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, in the 300 block of South Dearborn Street;

• At 3:37 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in the 0-99 block of North Dearborn Street;

• At 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 23, in the 0-99 block of West Jackson Boulevard;

• At 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the 200 block of South State Street;

• At 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, in the 1100 block of South State Street;

• At 3:20 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, in the 200 block of South Wabash Avenue;

• At 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in the 200 block of South Wabash Avenue;

• At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the 200 block of South State Street;

• At 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the 0-99 block of North Dearborn Street.