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Postal Worker Tackles Phone Thief On CTA, Holds Him For Police: Witness

By Peter Jones | June 9, 2017 5:24pm
 A man was detained after allegedly stealing a woman's cellphone on the CTA Purple Line, and a witness said a man in a U.S. postal service uniform helped hold the man until police arrived.
A man was detained after allegedly stealing a woman's cellphone on the CTA Purple Line, and a witness said a man in a U.S. postal service uniform helped hold the man until police arrived.
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RIVER NORTH — A U.S. postal worker helped detain a man who robbed a woman of her phone on the CTA Friday, a witness said.

Around 6:20 a.m. Friday, a man stole a woman's cellphone on a Linden-bound Purple Line train while it was stopped at the Merchandise Mart station, said a witness who asked not to be named.

The witness said a man dressed in a U.S. Postal Service uniform tackled the man who stole the phone and held him until the police arrived 10 to 15 minutes later.

"I really want more people to be aware of their surroundings," said the woman, who lives in Printers Row. "I take that train every day, and it could have happened to me."

The witness said she sees the postal worker regularly on the train in the morning and plans to get him a gift card to Dunkin' Donuts to thank him for what he did.

A person was detained in connection to the incident but charges are still pending, police said Friday.

The CTA reported delays because of the police activity on the platform.