Divvy biker is snatching phones downtown, police warn

A man on a Divvy bike is snatching phone from people’s hands as he pedals around the downtown area, police said.

The man struck twice on Friday afternoon, according to a community alert issued by Area Central detectives: on the first block of South La Salle at 1:45 p.m. and on the 300 block of South Riverside Plaza at 2 p.m.

Police said the thief—described only as a black male with black hair who weighs about 140 pounds—grabs the phones from his victims as he rides past them on the public way.

Anyone with information about the incidents may contact investigators at 312-747-8384 regarding pattern P19-1-275.

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