50-year-old Woman Lectures Attempted Robber

Jenar Sanders, 18, charged with theft

Thou shall not steal. And one Chicago woman went great lengths Friday to impart it.

A 50-year-old woman gave her attempted robber a religious lecture early Friday after chasing him for almost a mile and cornering him in an alley.

"I've had a lot of things happen, and I'm exhausted. And I'm really tired [of being a victim]. I'm done," said Linette Kossow.

Kossow was riding a Chicago Transit Authority bus in the Loop just after midnight when police said Jenar Sanders, 18, swiped her wallet from her purse, jumped off the bus at Huron and State streets and made a run for it.

"I couldn't see anybody. It was dark," she recalled. "I just started yelling, 'Hey, he took my wallet. Please stop him. Somebody call 911.' And I was just screaming it as loud as I could."

A hotel staff member at the Omni Hotel and the CTA bus driver notified police, officers said.

The race came to a quick halt when police said Sanders ended up cornered in an alley off Superior Street between Wabash Avenue and Rush Street, surrounded Kossow and others who had joined the chase.

"I gave $10 to the homeless person and I gave $20 to the gentleman who was with me the whole way," said Kossow.

Sanders was arrested by two officers at 12:35 a.m. and charged with theft, police said. 

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