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Police alert: Man steals cellphones from restaurant guests in Chicago

Date:  02-09-2019
Category:  News

Police are warning residents of recent thefts of cellphones from people dining at restaurants downtown and on the Near North Side.

In each of the nine reported incidents, a young man approaches seated restaurant guests and distracts them with paperwork to solicit donations, Chicago police said in a community alert.

When the victims decline, the man steals their cellphone from the table and leaves, police said.

The thefts happened in the afternoon hours of:

Feb. 3 in the 600 block of North Wells Street;

Feb. 2 in the first block of East Delaware Place;

Feb 2. in the 1400 block of North Wells Street;

Feb 2. in the 300 block of West Hubbard Street;

Jan. 21 in the 600 block of North Dearborn Street;

Jan. 21 in the 200 block of East Ontario Street;

Jan. 21 in the 1100 block of West North Avenue;

Jan. 21 in the 1000 block of West North Avenue; and

Jan. 21 in the 400 block of East Illinois Street.

Anyone with information was asked to call detectives at (312) 747-8380.

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