Detectives are warning riders of the CTA Blue Line downtown about strong-arm robberies in which men take riders' iPhones or iPads.
In both of two recent robberies, the men forced someone to give up an iPhone or iPad as they rode the subway, Central Area detectives said.
In the first attack, a 22-year-old woman had her property stolen on the train near the Washington Street Blue Line station about 6 a.m. on July 16, police said. In the second, two men robbed a 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy on a train in the 200 block of North Dearborn Street about 2:20 p.m. on Thursday, near the Clark Street station.
In the second attack, the robbers were described as men between the ages of 19 and 22. One stood about 6 feet tall, weighed about 160 pounds and had curly hair and a medium complexion. The second stood about 5 feet 7 inches and weighed about 160 pounds. Chicago Police Department News Affairs did not have a description of their clothing.
Police did not release a detailed description of the robbers in the first attack. No surveillance photos were released.
Anyone with information about the robbers is asked to call Central Area detectives at (312) 747-8380.