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iPhone Thief Stopped by Metro Riders

Exclusive News4 video shows a group of Metro passengers stopping a smartphone thief last month



    A group of Metro riders track and then tackle an alleged thief. News4's Jackie Bensen reports. (Published Tuesday, May 8, 2012)

    News4's exclusive video shows a group Metro riders stopping a thief who stole a fellow passenger’s phone.

    Last month during the evening rush on the Red Line, a thief snatched an iPhone from a rider’s hands. In the video, the thief takes off but doesn’t get very far. A group of angry Metro passengers chase after him and surround him.

    When he tries to make another break for it, the group takes him down to the ground. Authorities arrived a short time later and arrested the man.

    Despite the good deed, Metro says riders should call police rather than take matters into their own hands.