CTA Video Catches Man Cutting Wallet Out of Man's Pocket

Matthew Green, charged with felony theft, used razor blade to cut man's pocket, police said

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    A South Side man was caught on camera stealing a man’s wallet Sunday on the Chicago Transit Authority's Red Line, police said.

    Matthew Green, 56, used a razor blade to cut a man’s pocket and steal his wallet at about 5 a.m., they said. Green then got off at the Grand station, where he used a stolen credit card to buy seven CTA transfer cards, police said.

    But Green was caught on CTA surveillance and didn’t get far. Plain-clothes officers on the CTA robbery team spotted him getting off at the station and searched him, police said.

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    Police found 11 more transfer cards and the victim’s stolen wallet and bank card. It apparently wasn’t Green’s first heist: police also found items from two other robberies, including a stolen iPhone.

    Green, of the 1200 block of West 76th Street, is charged with three counts each of theft and using a forged credit card, all felonies.