The CTA Brown Line Credit: JeremyA/Wikimedia

NORTH CENTER — Police issued an alert after three commuters had their phones stolen while riding the Brown Line Wednesday.

The first happened around 3 p.m. in the 1800 block of West Addison Avenue, the second at 3:50 p.m. in the 900 block of West Wellington Avenue and the third at 7:30 p.m. in the 900 block of West Armitage Avenue.

In all three robberies, four men walked up to and distracted CTA commuters on the Brown Line before taking their phones as the train slowed to a stop. The group then fled from the train with the phones.

The men were all last seen wearing dark pants, police said. The men were also last seen wearing a combination of dark or maroon jackets and a gray hooted sweatshirt.

Police are still investigating and not other information was available.

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