Two charged in robbery attempt
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 30 Jun 2011, p. 22

Routliffe, Kathy, Author
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Two Chicago teens who reportedly rode a CTA train to Wilmette were arrested after attempting to steal a passenger's phone.
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30 Jun 2011
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.0736835074033 Longitude: -87.6915117987061
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Two Chicago teens who reportedly rode a CTA train to Wilmette Friday morning looking for a phone to steal instead found themselves in police custody on attempted robbery charges.

Gregory Harrison, 19, of 234 W. 111th Place in Chicago is scheduled to appear July 5 in Cook County Court, Skokie, for one count of felony attempted robbery. A second teen, 16, will be petitioned to juvenile court on the same charge, police said.

According to Wilmette police, officers responded to a 911 call shortly before 5:30 a.m. from the CTA station at 339 Linden Ave., reporting two subjects who had just tried to steal a woman’s mobile smart phone.

When officers arrived, CTA employees directed them to another train car to which the suspects had fled. The two teens were then taken into custody without incident.

Police said both suspects admitted to officers that they had been riding CTA trains from 95th Street in Chicago, looking for someone using an “iPhone” smart phone that they could take. The pair eventually hopped a Wilmette-bound train and found a woman at the Linden Avenue stop using her phone.

Harrison allegedly grabbed it – only to have the woman refuse to let go, and grab it back.

When that happened he and his accomplice fled to the other train car, where they reportedly were when police arrived.

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Two charged in robbery attempt