COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A pickpocket at the CTA's Fullerton "L" stop swiped wallets out of two women's purses, and even used one of the stolen credit cards to buy a Ventra card, prosecutors said.
Melvin Boughton of Bronzeville is accused of stealing the items from the women's purses on Oct. 27, prosecutors said.
In one case, after the women quickly realized she had been pickpocketed, she turned around anxiously ... and Boughton pretended to be a CTA employee and offered to help, prosecutors said.
Boughton, 48, is charged with two counts of theft for stealing the wallets and one count of identity theft for using one woman's credit card to purchase the Ventra pass in her name, according to a police report.
Boughton, of the 4100 block of South Prairie Avenue, was identified by the victims and arrested at his home on Tuesday, authorities said.
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