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Chicago man charged with robbing CTA riders of cellphones

May 28, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

Police officials say they have caught the man responsible for at least four of the recent cellphone robberies on CTA trains this month.

Gregory Taylor, 19, of the 5300 block of South Union Avenue has been charged with theft, aggravated robbery and possession of 5 grams of cannabis, in connection with the cell phone robberies. He appeared at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Tuesday afternoon and was held on $90,000 bond.

Police said Taylor was wearing a hoodie and a black and yellow metal rosary when he was arrested--the same clothes the man who committed some of the cell phone thefts was wearing in CTA surveillance footage.

According to the police report, Taylor robbed a 25-year-old and a 26-year-old of their cellphones on May 25 on the Green Line while holding a handgun. He robbed a 41-year-old man of his phone on May 20 on another train near the 51st Street station, and a 32-year-old woman of her iPhone on May 17 near the 200 block of South State Street.

Police issued two community alerts earlier this month alerting CTA riders, specifically Green Line riders, to an uptick in cell phone theft.

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