Suspects behind months-long string of Center City thefts identified

Renza Sheaff, James Black and Tim  Mosley photos
From left, Renza Sheaff a.k.a. Tina Hainey, James Black and Tim Mosley are wanted for five robberies over the last seven months. Credit: PPD

A trio of alleged thieves who police say are behind five robberies stretching back over the last seven months have been named as wanted suspects.

Timothy Mosley, James Black and Renza Sheaff, also known as Tina Hainey, (above) were identified as suspects in a variety of thefts dating back to May 2013, police say.

The most recent incident involving the trio occurred on Jan. 10 at Rice & Mix Restaurant at 12th and Walnut streets, when a woman’s wallet was taken from her pocketbook, which was hanging over the back of her chair.

Police say surveillance footage shows Mosley sit down behind the victim and take her wallet, while Sheaff and Black talk to a clerk in the front of the restaurant, distracting him, before all three flee the scene.

The earlier robberies follow a similar pattern, police say.

The May 3 incident took place at 5:15 p.m. inside the Starbucks at 1500 Market St, when a woman’s wallet was taken from her handbag while it was hanging from the back of her chair.

The victim’s credit cards were then used to buy $2,553.75 in merchandise at various stores, including Marshall’s at 1044 Market St. Surveillance footage from the Marhsall’s shows the above named suspects using the credit cards, police say.

On May 23 around 2 p.m., the trio stole another wallet from a woman’s pocketbook hanging off her chair at Luke’s Lobster, at 130 S. 17th St.

Her credit cards were reportedly used to make purchases totaling $1,832 at Lowe’s and Rite Aid. Surveillance footage from those stores showed Sheaff and Mosley using the stolen cards.

The third incident occurred on Sept. 20 around 11:40 a.m. at Metropolitan Diner, at 264 S. 19th St. Again a female victim’s wallet, containg $400 in cash and credit cards, was taken from her pocket book hanging off her chair.

Police say surveillance footage shows Sheaff, Mosley and Black take the wallet, and then using the victim’s credit cards to buy $1,500 of gift cards at a Home Depot.

A fourth incident occurred Nov. 23. A victim’s wallet was taken from her pocket book, which was on the bar next to her, at Rogue Gallery, at 11 S. 21st St.

The victim’s credit cards were then used at Home Depot to make $1,064.77. Surveillance footage showed Mosley and Black using the cards.

Mosley has several address, including in Haddington, Southwest Philadelphia and Sharon Hill, PA.

Black is known to operate a tan 1990 Cadillac Deville Coupe (2 door), tan in color, with a tag number of JHY-8788. His last known address is in Haddington.

Sheaff, a.k.a. Tina Hainey, reportedly has also used the name Robin Davis and numerous other names, and has resided in Southwest Philadelphia and Haddington.

Police are requesting that anyone with information about these suspects contact Det. Wiegert or Det. Guercio in the Central Detectives Division at 215-686-3093.


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