Cops warn of Loop pickpocket team

Surveillance images showing two men being sought by police. | CPD

Chicago police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a pickpocket team that has been working the CTA train system downtown. Meanwhile, a prolific pickpocket who has a felony identity theft case pending is now charged with stealing wallets from two more victims in and near the Loop.

CTA incidents
Detectives on Sunday afternoon released two sets of CTA surveillance images showing suspects wanted for two known pickpocket incidents in the downtown subway system.

Additional surveillance images of the suspects. | CPD

In one incident, two men surrounded a victim at the Jackson Red Line station and stole a wallet from their backpack at 2:47 p.m. on Sept. 19, police said. The men struck again at the State-Washington Blue Line station at 3:40 p.m. on Sept. 23.

Anyone with information about the suspects may contact Area Central detectives at 312-747-8380.

Morris Mosley | CPD

An Arrest
Morris Mosley, a professional pick-pocket who has collected more than 60 criminal cases and managed to be featured on CWBChicago twice previously, is back in custody.

Mosley, 53, was arrested by police on the South Side on Sept. 13 after patrol officers recognized him as the person wanted for two thefts from women in the Loop this summer.

Prosecutors say Mosley stole a wallet from a 53-year-old woman’s purse as she dined in a restaurant in the 400 block of South Wells on July 18. On July 26, he stole a 61-year-old woman’s wallet at a restaurant in the 100 block of North Riverside Plaza, according to charges. Police said the victims’ stolen credit cards were subsequently used to make “numerous” fraudulent transactions.

The two thefts were part of a series of at least 12 thefts from restaurant patrons in the downtown area, according to a community alert that police issued in August.

Mosley is charged with felony theft with a prior conviction and felony theft from person. Judge Arthur Willis set bail at $10,000 and ordered Willis to go on electronic monitoring if he is able to post a 10% deposit bond.

Court records show that he already has a pending criminal case in which he faces two counts of aggravated identity theft and theft from person for allegedly stealing a 73-year-old Wisconsin man’s wallet near Union Station in July 2018.

Last October, Mosley was sentenced to 40 days for stealing a woman’s wallet as she waited for a crosswalk signal to change on the 400 block of North Michigan Avenue.