Police: Man snatching necklaces on CTA Blue, Red lines

Darlene Hill and Corey McPherrin.

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -- Three times in as many weeks, a man has snatched a necklace off a passenger on the CTA’s Blue and Red lines, prompting police to issue a community alert.

The robberies occurred about 3:30 p.m. on July 27 in the 800 block of West Harrison; about 7:05 a.m. on Aug. 3 in the 100 block of West Cermak; and about 6:50 a.m. on Aug. 12 in the 1200 block of North Milwaukee, according to police.

In each case, the suspect identifies a female passenger on the train who is wearing a valuable necklace, police said. As the train approaches a stop, the man rips the necklace off and runs out the open train door.

The suspect was described as a black man, between 20 and 30 years old. He stands between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot-6 and weighs between 145 and 155 pounds, police said.

Anyone with information on the robberies is asked to call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8384.

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