VIDEO: CTA phone thief caught in the act, now cops want help tracking him down

Surveillance images of the man being sought by police. | CTA

You’d think he might change his mind about snatching a woman’s phone after noticing that another CTA passenger was recording him. But he didn’t. Now Chicago police are using that passenger video as well as CTA surveillance images to track the thief down.

Video shows the man looking over his shoulder and scoping out the Orange Line car as it nears the Roosevelt station at 3:30 p.m. on July 24th. As soon as the doors opened, the man snatches the woman’s phone from her hand and dashes off the train.

“I knew it,” a woman mutters as the man runs out of view.

The offender was wearing a gray shirt with the word “Adidas” on the front along with gray sweatpants and white gym shoes, police said. He’s probably between 17- and 21-years-old, according to the alert.

Anyone with information about the offender can contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380 regarding case JC-362946.

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