Two teenage boys from Chicago have been charged with stealing a laptop computer from a CTA Purple Line passenger in Evanston.
Evanston Police Cmdr. Tom Guenther says the 58-year-old victim was using his silver Apple Macintosh laptop as he road the Purple Line train northbound from the Howard Street station about 4:15 p.m. on Thursday.
As the train neared the South Boulevard stop, the victim said, one of the teens punched him in the forehead and grabbed the computer, while an accomplice held the train door open to help them escape along with a third suspect who joined the others in fleeing down the station platform staircase.
The victim reported the theft to police after he got off the train at the Main Street stop.
Officers suspected the suspects might have returned to the area of the Howard Street station, and while canvassing the area around Howard and Paulina, Guenther says, they located three suspects who began to flee on foot.
Guenther says officers were able to stop two of the three and found the victim’s laptop in one of their backpacks. and the victim also identified them as the robbers.
Guenther says the two, one age 15, the other age 16, have been charged as juveniles with robbery and released to their guardians.