Police have made three arrests, and say more arrests are likely, in connection with a series of cases in which phones or other electronic gear were snatched out of the hands of Link light rail passengers.
Ten incidents were reported in January under similar circumstances, with items being grabbed away from passengers as the trains arrived at station platforms. Sound Transit Police have been working with Metro Transit Police and Seattle Police to track down suspects.
Most of the incidents occurred in the Rainier Valley and involved teenage suspects, police said.
Compact, handheld electronic equipment has been the favorite target of opportunistic thieves who take advantage of riders who may not be paying attention to their surroundings, police said.
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Police said all Sound Transit light rail trains and platforms are equipped with surveillance cameras, and that uniformed and non-uniformed police patrol the trains and platforms, along with security guards and fare-enforcement officers.