Detectives are warning riders of the CTA Blue Line downtown about strong-arm robberies in which men take riders' iPhones or iPads.
In both of two recent robberies, the men forced someone to give up an iPhone or iPad as they rode the subway.
In the first attack, a 22-year-old woman had her property stolen on the train near the Washington Street Blue Line station about 6 a.m. on July 16. In the second, two men robbed a 20-year-old man and a 17-year-old boy on a train in the 200 block of North Dearborn Street about 2:20 p.m. on Thursday, near the Clark Street station.
In the second attack, the robbers were described as black men between the ages of 19 and 22. One stood about 6 feet tall, weighed about 160 pounds and had curly hair and a medium complexion. The second stood about 5 feet 7 inches and weighed about 160 pounds.