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Wanted fugitive found in Alabama, local police department credited for help


A wanted fugitive on the run for committing forgery in several Texas cities, including Waco, is back behind bars. But instead of committing crimes in Texas, he was found committing 29 crimes in Mobile, Alabama. 

Alabama police said they learned about con-man Morris Mosley by checking the News Channel 25 website. They then called Bellmead police about their investigation into Mosley to help them with theirs. Bellmead police said authorities in Alabama weren't the only ones who contacted them, but several other agencies throughout Texas.

"They said that this is very impressive what he was doing. They haven't seen work like this before," Bellmead police detective Michael Miller said.

Mosley was wanted in several Texas cities for forgery, theft and violating his parole. Miller said just last year, Morris stole rent checks from a Waco apartment complex and cashed them under a fake business account. Bellmead's investigation and county wide search for Mosley caught the attention of other law enforcement agencies who were looking for him as well.

"They were having the same issues what was going on and they needed a little more assistance just to get them over to get that warrant issued and we provided that assistance," Miller said.

Earlier this year, Mosley was caught in Dallas county for warrants out of Bellmead, but before Bellmead police could talk to him, Mosley jumped bail and fled the state. It wasn't until Wednesday that he was found about 600 miles away in Mobile, Alabama.

"It is our belief that he moved to the Mobile area to continue these illegal activities that he was already being charged with in Texas," Mobile police public information officer Ashley Rains said.

Police say in Alabama, Mosley tried to rent out foreclosed homes he didn't own, all while living in a foreclosed property himself.

"We found several false ID's where he assumed identities and had gotten credit cards. Had established false businesses and had checks turned in to these false businesses," Rains said.

Mobile police have charged Mosley with 29 crimes :two counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of identity theft, and 25 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. Alabama authorities credit Bellmead's investigation for alerting them to Mosley's past. Bellmead police are just thankful their work has put a stop to this notorious criminal.

"For us to assist big agencies like that it is great. It is awesome. That tells us that we are here to help and we take pride into that," Miller said. 

Mosley will be extradited back to Texas soon to face his other outstanding warrants. Mobile police will continue to investigate their own case,  and have begun talking to the FBI about possible federal charges.

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