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Robber Snatched Phone Out Of Woman’s Hand, Ran Onto Train To Escape, Police Say

The robbery happened in the first block of West Grand Avenue.

Police say this man snatched a woman's cellphone on the Near North Side.
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DOWNTOWN — Police released images of a man they said snatched a woman’s cellphone on the Near North Side last week.

At 12:57 p.m. Aug. 22, a woman was standing on the sidewalk in the first block of West Grand Avenue when the man came up to her from behind, according to a Chicago Police community alert.

He grabbed the woman’s phone out of her hand and ran onto a CTA train.

The man was black, 20-30 years old, 6-foot to 6-foot-2 and 180-2oo pounds, police said. He had short hair.

Anyone with information about the robbery was asked to call police at 312-747-8380.