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Police: Brooklyn man tried to sell shoplifted liquor

L. NAZARETH TWP., Pa. - A Brooklyn man is facing shoplifting charges after allegedly swiping a bottle of booze and trying to go into the retail business for himself.

Colonial Regional police arrested Osiris N. Mosely outside a Lower Nazareth Township liquor store off Route 248 Sunday afternoon. District Judge Jacqueline Taschner arraigned the 35-year-old Sunday night, setting bail at $15,000 with a 10 percent cash option.

The store manager reported to police that a man wearing a yellow, reflective vest tucked a bottle of liquor in his waistband and walked out of the store, according to court records. Other shoppers alerted the manager that the man later identified as Mosely was standing on a nearby street trying to sell the $40 bottle of alcohol.

Video surveillance allegedly confirmed the man had stolen a bottle.

When police arrived, they spotted a man wearing a yellow reflective shirt sitting in an SUV outside a business across the parking lot. The store manager identified the driver as the alleged shoplifter.

As officers approached Mosely, he allegedly refused commands to show his hands as he reached for something under his shirt. A trio of officers used force to prevent him from reaching at his waistband. It turned out to be a crack pipe, according to police.

Authorities confirmed at least one prior shoplifting conviction in 2001 in New Jersey.

Police charged Mosely with single counts of retail theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. He failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 20.

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