Alleged Soldier Field backpack thief offered stolen ID

October 10, 2013|By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas | RedEye

A South Roseland teen was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with stealing a backpack from Soldier Field after he presented police officers with a stolen ID.

Khaleeq Muse, 19, of the 1100 block of South Emerald Avenue, was charged with identity theft and unlawful possession of a credit card after police stopped him for a field interview near 103rd Street and South Morgan Avenue.

When officers, who thought Muse matched the identity of a man wanted for an unrelated offense, asked Muse to show them an ID, he first reached for the backpack owner's ID card, which he had apparently stuffed in his pocket alongside his own ID, according to the police report. Muse looked at the card quickly before returning it to his pocket and fishing out the correct card, but officers asked him to show them the original card, the police report said.

The card belonged to the owner of the backpack Muse was wearing, which was reported missing after its owner brought the bag to Soldier Field, according to county prosecutors. The recovered  bag also contained a credit card and birth certificate belonging to its owner, and two seaprate debit cards belonging to other people.

Muse was brought to the Cook County Criminal Courthouse on Thursday afternoon and released on a $10,000 I-bond.

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