Police are warning Chicago Transit Authority riders to use extra caution with their personal belongings after a series of robberies on the Pink Line Trains.
"I just pay more attention to my surroundings," said Michelle Brown in response to a police alert issued Saturday about four robberies said to be connected. "I don't even pick up a text or nothing like that. I just keep headphones in until I feel safe."
Two men, believed to be between the ages of 20 and 30, walk up to commuters, grab their cell phones and then run off when the train stops at a station, according to a police alert issued Saturday.
Both men are described as black and between 6-foot to 6-foot-2, the alert stated. Police were told one of the robbers was so tall his head almost touched the top of the train door.
The most recent robbery occurred on Dec. 18, around 11:20 a.m.
The first robbery occurred on Dec. 10, around 10:40 p.m. near the 2000 block of South Kostner. The next one happened on Dec. 15, about 6:50 p.m. on the 1900 block of South Central Park. The next day, another robbery was reported on the 2000 block of South Pulaski around 6:04 p.m.
Police ask that anyone with information about the robberies or robbers should contact Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8380.