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Men Pretending To Sell Loose Cigarettes Attacking, Robbing Victims On CTA

The most recent robbery happened Friday.

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CHICAGO — A group of men are pretending to sell loose cigarettes on the CTA and then attacking would-be buyers, police said.

In two recent incidents, the men went up to victims on CTA property — including once on a Red Line train — and asked the victims for a light or tried to sell them loose cigarettes, according to a Chicago Police community alert. The men then attacked the victims and stole from them.

The robberies occurred:

  • 1:55-2 a.m. July 21 in the first block of West 69th Street
  • 2:50 p.m. Friday in the 6600 block of South State Street

The attackers were described as three men who were 20-25 years old, 5-foot-5 to 6-foot-2 and 150-200 pounds, police said. One man had an afro and another had a fade.

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