Prosecutors have charged a nine-time convicted felon with pickpocketing three women on Chicago’s L system and then making purchases with their credit cards.
Guy Davis, 57, is charged with three counts of felony theft and two counts of felony identity theft. Judge Maryam Ahmad released him on his own recognizance with electronic monitoring on Wednesday.
Davis is said to have stolen from women at CTA stations by sneaking up behind them and taking their wallets out of their bags.
He allegedly targeted a 20-year-old woman at the Loyola Red Line station on August 29, then used her credit cards to purchase nearly $400 in merchandise at Target and CVS stores.
Two days later, he took a 25-year-old woman’s wallet as she climbed stairs at the Grand Red Line station. That time, prosecutors say, he used the woman’s cards to make a purchase at 7-Eleven. He tried to use her card again at another convenience store, too, but the victim canceled her card after the first purchase.
Then, on September 3, he allegedly stole a 53-year-old Georgia woman’s wallet as she boarded a train with her daughter at the Washington Blue Line station. The woman quickly realized her wallet was missing and closed her credit card accounts while on the train before they could be used.
Prosecutors said that all of the thefts and most of the credit card transactions were captured by surveillance cameras.
Chicago police transit officers recognized Davis on the Clark-Lake Blue Line platform Monday and arrested him.
The most recent of his nine felony convictions were for theft and identity theft in 2018.