Warning issued after series of phone thefts on the Brown Line this week

Police are warning Brown Line passengers about a series of phone thefts and robberies that have occurred on the North Side train line this week. CWBChicago first told you about two of the incidents on Thursday morning.

In a community alert issued late Thursday, Area North detectives said a crew of three or four offenders has stolen phones from Brown Line passengers as their trains pulled into stations at Armitage, Wellington, and Addison this week. The offenders escaped when the train doors opened.

All of the thefts have occurred during the mid-afternoon and early evening hours. The Addison incident was originally reported at the Paulina station.

Police said the thieves are four black males between 15- and 20-years-old. One is thin, about 5’6” tall, and has been seen wearing a maroon jacket and dark pants. The others are all about 5’10” tall. One wore a dark jacket with light pants; another wore a gray hoodie with dark pants, and the third wore a dark jacket with dark pants.

Anyone with information about the crimes can contact Area North detectives at 312-744-8263 regarding case 20-CWP-004.

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