Cops ask for help finding CTA headphone thief

Chicago police are working to identify the man who stole a woman’s high-end headphones at the Division Blue Line station. It’s the second time this week that CPD has issued a “seeking to identify” bulletin for non-violent theft cases on the city’s train system.

Chicago police said this man stole a woman’s pricey headphones at the Division Blue Line station. | Chicago Police Department

The woman, 26, was at the station,1200 North Milwaukee Avenue, when the man seen in these surveillance pictures approached her just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, police said. CPD said the man took the woman’s headphones, valued at over $500, and fled the scene, but no other details were released.

Tips can be shared with CPD’s mass transit investigators at 312-745-4706. The case number is JG-184330.

Last Friday, transit detectives released a “seeking to identify” bulletin about a man who stole a bike from the Belmont CTA station in Lakeview.

Chicago police have been notoriously slow to ask for the public’s help in identifying suspects, even for murders, shootings, and robberies. It’s unclear why detectives have begun asking citizens to identify people wanted for non-violent crimes while sitting on photos and videos of violent offenders.

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