A North Aurora man has been charged with armed robbery, accused of robbing a man of a laptop computer he had advertised for sale on Craigslist.com.
Dwayne K. Smith, 22, of the 700 block of East Victoria Lane in North Aurora, has been charged with armed robbery and armed robbery with a firearm, according to a news release from the North Aurora Police Department. The charges were approved March 14.
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According to police, Smith agreed to meet his victim at 12:15 a.m. Feb. 5 on the 900 block of Oak Street in North Aurora, to purchase a MacBook Pro computer. The victim and his brother met with Smith, who pulled out a handgun and robbed them of the computer and a cellphone.
The laptop was recovered at a pawnshop.
Glen Ellyn police officers recovered the cellphone while searching the West Chicago home of a relative of Smith, in connection with a similar Craigslist armed robbery that had happened in Glen Ellyn.
Smith, 22, is being held in the DuPage County jail on charges of attempted aggravated robbery and aggravated robbery.
According to Glen Ellyn police, Smith responded to advertisements from people trying to sell camera lenses. On Feb. 5, he displayed a handgun and tried to take the lens; the victim resisted, and Smith ran off. Feb. 6, he met with a man in a restaurant on Roosevelt Road, grabbed the lens and ran. When the victim chased him, Smith said he had a gun and pointed something at the man, police said.
Smith is being held on $15,100 bail. Bail on the North Aurora charges has been set at $100,000.
According to Kane County court records, Smith was arrested in July 2011 in North Aurora on felony charges of resisting a peace officer. He spent 36 days in jail, got 18 months probation and a $1,562 fine after pleading guilty.
Smith also served 30 days in jail after being arrested in October 2011 on a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest, records show. He also served another month in jail on misdemeanor charges of obstructing identification during an arrest in North Aurora in April 2012, according to court records.
Staff writer Harry Hitzeman contributed to this story.