Bulletin: Downtown pickpocket sought by Chicago and Amtrak Police

Mosley | Chicago Police Dept

A long-time criminal is being sought by Amtrak Police and Chicago cops for pick-pocketing a man near Union Station last month, according to information released by Chicago’s 1st (Central) Police District.

Morris Mosley, 52, “has an extensive criminal history” including theft and robbery, according to a wanted poster distributed by police.

Court records show that Mosely was also arrested last month after he allegedly tried to steal a wallet from a woman’s backpack while they waited for a crosswalk signal to change on the Magnificent Mile.

According to the Amtrak alert, Mosley stole a 73-year-old man’s wallet as the victim boarded a bus near Union Station around 1:20 p.m. on July 23rd. Mosley then walked several blocks, got into a gray 2012 Chrysler 300 bearing license plate AB71027 and drove away, authorities said.

The victim’s credit cards were used about 25 minutes later by a second offender who was subsequently arrested, according to Amtrak police.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Mosley in the case.

Court records show Mosley was arrested in the 400 block of North Michigan Avenue around 4 p.m. on July 1st after he allegedly tried to steal a wallet from a 28-year-old woman’s backpack.

Prosecutors said Mosley was standing behind the victim as they waited for a crosswalk signal to change at Ohio Street when he unzipped the woman’s backpack and tried to remove a wallet. But Mosley stopped and ran away when a witness yelled at him, police said. A witness caught up with Mosley nearby and held him for police, prompting the alleged thief to threaten, “I’m going to kill you.”

Mosley was charged with attempted theft and assault. A judge set his bail at $1,500 and Mosley went free by posting a $150 deposit. The status of the Michigan Avenue case was not immediately available on Sunday.

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