05/25/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

CTA Robberies, Thefts Up 77 Percent

Robbery has soared 77 percent on CTA trains, buses and platforms in the last three years, the Sun-Times reports.

According the the Chicago Police Department, theft -- which is when no force is involved -- is up 6 percent in the same period.

About 25 percent of the 436 robberies took place on the west branches of the Blue and Green lines.