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Loyola Alumna Chases Down Would-Be Robbers, Retrieves Phone, Officials Say

 A Loyola University alumna chased after the would-be robbers, police said.
A Loyola University alumna chased after the would-be robbers, police said.
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ROGERS PARK — A Loyola University alumna was walking and texting when a thief grabbed her phone and took off running, a university police official said. She was able to retrieve the phone.

The attempted robbery was the second one reported this week near the university's lake shore campus.

The woman was walking west when two men approached her about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of West Arthur Avenue, near the Loyola "L" station, Thomas Murray, Loyola's director of campus safety, said in a letter addressed to the Loyola community.

As they passed, one of the men snatched the phone from her hand, Murray said.

"The victim immediately began chasing the two males and was able to retrieve her phone when the offender dropped it on the ground," he said.

Murray said the two men, both described as being between 18 and 20 years old, were last seen talking to people inside a tan vehicle parked on Arthur and Magnolia avenues.

On Sunday, another would-be robber was nabbed by police after a foot chase in an Edgewater alley.

A Loyola University student was walking at 11:56 p.m. Sunday in the 6300 block of North Winthrop Avenue when he was pushed from behind while talking on his phone, police said.

The phone slid from the victim's grasp, and a man picked it up off the ground and fled on foot, police said.

A Chicago police patrol vehicle was in the area and officers arrested the man after a short foot chase, police said.

Earlier in the year, three students were robbed at gunpoint near the university.

Murray cautioned students to avoid walking alone off campus, especially while using a cellphone.