Charges filed in Craigslist-related armed robbery

NORTH AURORA – The North Aurora Police Department has obtained charges against a North Aurora man in connection with a February armed robbery.

Dwayne K. Smith, 22, of the 700 block of East Victoria Lane, North Aurora, has been charged with one count of armed robbery, a Class X felony, and one count of armed robbery with a firearm, a Class X felony.

The armed robbery occurred at 12:15 a.m. Feb. 5 after Smith responded to a man’s Craigslist ad for a MacBook Pro laptop, according to police. Smith pulled a handgun on the man and his brother in the 900 block of Oak Street and took the laptop and a cellphone before he fled, police said.

Detectives were able to recover the stolen laptop at a pawn shop in Kane County, North Aurora Deputy Police Chief David Fisher said Tuesday.

In late February, the Glen Ellyn Police Department recovered the cellphone while executing a search warrant at the home of one of Smith’s relatives in West Chicago. Police entered the home to look for evidence from similar Craigslist-related armed robberies that occurred in Glen Ellyn.

Smith is accused of answering two separate Craigs­list ads in Glen Ellyn that each advertised a camera lens. The first seller met with Smith at about 9:45 p.m. Feb. 5 in the 500 block of Roosevelt Road. When Smith displayed a handgun and tried to take the lens, the seller pulled the lens away and Smith ran, according to a Glen Ellyn police news release.

Smith met the second seller at about 8 p.m. Feb. 6 in the 300 block of Roosevelt Road and grabbed the lens for sale. When Smith saw the seller running after him, he told the seller he had a gun, pointed an unidentified object and left the scene.

Smith is being held at the DuPage County Jail on $15,100 bond. If Smith were to post bond in DuPage County, he would then be transferred to Kane County, Fisher said.

Fisher urged residents to be cautious when using the Craigslist website to purchase or sell items.

“Meet them in a public place, try to do it during the day and don’t go alone, whether you’re a seller or a buyer,” Fisher said.