Dumb or Smarter? CTA Orange Line robbers caught on tape

It’s hard to say whether the alleged Orange Line robbers are real smart, or just plain dumb.

Courtesy of Chicago Tribune

Courtesy of Chicago Tribune

So smart to be scoping out the route for a couple of hours before the attack. Smart that they knew the stretch between Halsted and Roosevelt was the longest on the route – seven minutes from station to station.

Or maybe kinda dumb to discount the ubiquitous security cameras. Their photos are all over Chicago, so it’s probably just a matter of time before arrest.

They terrorized just one car so as not to draw too much attention to themselves.

And their total take: $105.

From the Tribune:

Some of the CTA’s 23,000 surveillance cameras showed that the men had been riding the Southwest Side line most of the day Wednesday before launching their attack around 4:15 p.m. They announced a robbery as the doors of a Loop-bound train were closing at the Halsted stop, police said.

The robbers, neither of whom were in custody as of Thursday night, targeted a train heading downtown from Midway Airport, presumably filled with travelers carrying plenty of cash and unfamiliar with the CTA, authorities said. After robbing at least four people and pistol-whipping a woman who wouldn’t part with her purse, they got away with a little more than $100, plus an assortment of electronic items, police said.

It’s a good thing these crimes are fairly rare on the CTA.

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  • Only dumb if they get caught. Usually those picked up on cameras are caught be now. Especially since they were wearing matching shirts, but what is shown on TV doesn't seem distinctive enough.

  • How on earth did this robbery happen??? I mean, guns are illegal on public transportation! Didn't they read the CCW law? Sheesh.

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    "It's a good thing these crimes are fairly rare on the CTA."

    That's what I call faint praise.

  • They're rare if they get reported. How many people have been robbed on CTA trains and/or buses and never contacted police? I think that statement's bogus. We've got cameras on every bus and train now, so it's kinda difficult to get away with this. These are just 2 more knuckleheads to put into the Dumb Crook of the Month Club.

  • In reply to mulder42:

    The next ones will simply wear masks. I have a bad feeling we'll be seeing more of this in the future. The recently enacted CCW law more or less guarantees the criminals that nobody on the train will be armed.

  • In reply to SpinyNorman:

    The possible fallacy in your conclusion is that in various of these episodes (sch as the rape near Morse, where CTA said that the rider got on at Bryn Mawr), there is camera footage from where the person entered CTA property until he or she left, and hence one would immediately raise suspicion by entering with a mask, or at least be identified as one of the "superheroes" on People of the CTA. Putting on the mask before confronting the victim would not be sufficient.

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