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Man convicted of stealing from Aurora mall

Shawn A. Gos/ phofrom Kane County State's Attorney's office

Shawn A. Gosa / photo from Kane County State's Attorney's office

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Updated: January 5, 2014 6:39AM

A Chicago man was convicted Tuesday of shoving a police officer after he was caught stealing $900 worth of merchandise from Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora.

A Kane County jury deliberated about two hours before convicting Shawn A. Gosa, 45, of aggravated battery and two counts of retail theft, a statement from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office said. All the charges are felonies.

Gosa was arrested Aug. 5, 2011, at Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora after he was spotted on a closed-circuit camera taking items from behind a counter and placing them in a bag, the statement said.

Police were called, and when an officer confronted Gosa, he shoved the officer and handed the bag to an accomplice before running away, according to prosecutors. Another officer tackled Gosa in the parking lot after a foot chase.

In all, he took $900 worth of items from multiple stores, prosecutors claimed.

He faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 16, the statement said. Gosa, of the 700 block of North Lotus Street, has seven prior convictions since 1995, and is eligible for enhanced sentencing.

“Mr. Gosa is a career criminal who has been removed from the street and placed behind bars. Our community is a safer place without him,” State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.

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