Active CTA robbery crew may be as young as 13, Chicago police say

Chicago police say three robberies reported on the CTA on the North Side this week were all committed by the same group of thieves — thieves who may be as young as 13 years old.

In a community alert issued Saturday night, Area Three detectives said the group approached their targets from behind and took headphones from the victims’ heads “by force.” They escaped on foot after each robbery. According to the alert, robberies were reported on CTA platforms, trains, and buses.

The bulletin linked three specific incidents to the group:

  • in the 1500 block of North Halsted on Tuesday afternoon, March 5
  • in the 900 block of West Belmont on Tuesday afternoon, March 5. CPD previously said a 23-year-old man was walking down the block when a robber took his property around 5:46 p.m.
  • in the 1500 block of North Clybourn on Wednesday afternoon, March 6

Police described the suspects as four or five Black males between 13 and 15 years old who wear dark clothing. Tips can be shared with detectives by calling 312-744-8263 and referring to crime pattern #P24-3-018.

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