Lisle teen charged with robbery after stealing cellphone in Naperville

Daily Herald report
Updated 2/21/2019 4:58 PM
  • Nelson Dones

    Nelson Dones

A 19-year-old from Lisle faces felony robbery and forgery charges after Naperville police said he stole a cellphone from a person who arranged online to meet the teen to sell the device.

Nelson Andrew Dones, 19, of the 4600 block of Sailboat Bay, was taken into custody Tuesday. Dones also was charged with obstructing identification for providing a false name to detectives during his arrest, police said Thursday.

Naperville officers were called to a parking lot near Ridgeland Avenue and Naperville/Wheaton Road for a report of a robbery at 11:12 p.m. Feb. 14. Police said learned the victim had arranged online to meet the teen to sell a cellphone.

Dones first presented counterfeit money as payment for the phone, police said. When the victim recognized the bills were phony, police said Dones implied he had a gun and fled with the phone from an area that is home to a bank, an office goods store, a motel, a restaurant and a church.

No weapon was shown and no one was injured in the robbery, police said.

Police in a news release encouraged people to use the department's lobby as a safe place to meet and complete transactions that begin online. The lobby is available for that purpose from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. When the lobby is closed, internet sales exchanges can take place in the department's front parking lot, which is well-lit and video-recorded and has access to an emergency telephone.

Dones is next due in court March 15.

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