Pickpocket is working CTA trains in the Loop, police warn

Chicago police say this man pickpocketed a woman at the Jackson Red Line station. | Chicago Police Department

CHICAGO — Pickpockets were hard-hit by the COVID pandemic. With crowds outlawed, CTA ridership down, and nightclubs thinly attended, there weren’t many good places to steal wallets while nonchalantly bumping into people.

But one thief is getting back on his feet. And Chicago police mass transit detectives have released pictures of him, so you know who to keep an eye out for.

In a community alert, the transit unit said this man pickpocketed a woman as she waited for a train at the Jackson Red Line station around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 5.

Police said he approached the woman from behind and took her wallet and other items. Then he slipped away.

Anyone with information about the man can contact investigators about case JG-372695 at 312-745-4706.

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