Uptown: Man charged with stealing electronics from two restaurants

Maurice Williams is charged with stealing from two restaurants on Argyle Street. | CPD; Google

A career criminal who’s currently on parole for theft has been charged with stealing a woman’s personal property and electronics from two Uptown restaurants, according to court records.

Police stopped 43-year-old Maurice Williams in the 1100 block of West Argyle around 2:30 p.m. on March 1st because he resembled a man who was seen stealing two computers from a nearby restaurant one day earlier.

The restaurant owner approached police as they were speaking with Williams and positively identified him as the thief who was seen stealing the shop’s computers on surveillance video.

Williams was arrested.

Police searched Williams and found four cellular phones, two tablets, an Amazon Kindle, and credit cards issued to a woman’s name. Detectives determined that the Kindle and one of the phones had been stolen from another restaurant on Argyle just minutes before police stopped Williams.

Prosecutors charged Williams with two felony counts of theft and misdemeanor theft of lost or mislaid property. Judge Michael Clancy set bail at $30,000.

Cook County records show that Williams has collected more than 80 criminal cases under more than 20 aliases.

He was paroled on Oct. 24 after serving six months of a one-year sentence for theft. His previous prison sentences include two years for theft in 2016; three years for narcotics in 2014; 30 months for retail theft in 2012; three years for retail theft in 2011; seven years for burglary of a school or place of worship in 2006; two years for retail theft in 2005; three years for retail theft in 2003; four years for burglary in 2001; a concurrent four years for burglary in 2001; one year for narcotics in 1998; another six years for cocaine distribution in 1998; and four years for burglary in 1996.
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