Pair of pickpockets target CTA riders in the Loop: police

The two men work in tandem on CTA train platforms, police said.

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Chicago police are warning CTA riders of nine reported incidents of pick pocket thefts on train platforms in Sept. and Oct. 2019 in the Loop.

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Chicago police are warning CTA riders of a string of pickpocket thefts reported in September and October on train platforms in the Loop.

In each incident, one man creates a diversion or blocks the victim from walking, while a second man takes the victim’s wallet from their pockets or backpacks, Chicago police said in a community alert.

They then go to an ATM and withdraw cash using the victim’s bank cards before the bank can deactivate it, police said.

The incidents happened during the daytime and evening hours:

  • Sept. 19 in the 300 block of South Dearborn Street;
  • Sept. 23 in the first blocks of North Dearborn Street and West Jackson Boulevard;
  • Sept. 24 and Oct. 2 in the 200 block of South State Street;
  • Sept. 28 in the 1100 block of South State Street;
  • Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in the 200 block of South Wabash Avenue; and
  • Again Oct. 2 in the first block of North Dearborn Street.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8384.

Police issued another alert last month about pickpockets targeting riders at the Jackson and Washington Blue Line stations.

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