Man charged in Elgin Craigslist cell snatches
By Janelle Walker For The Courier-News August 27, 2013 12:00PM
Updated: September 29, 2013 6:41AM
ELGIN — A South Elgin man has been charged with multiple counts of theft, having been accused of setting up cellphone purchases on the classified ad website Craigslist, then robbing the sellers of those phones.
Travis T. Tyus, 24, of the 100 block of Ridge Court, was charged with four Class 3 felony counts in the incidents.
The thefts occurred in the parking lot of Hooper’s Bar, 975 N. McLean Blvd., Elgin, or at the skate park at 265 N. Jackson St. in Elgin.
On May 11, a man told police he had placed an ad to sell an iPhone, valued at $600, and was asked to meet the buyer at Hooper’s. The victim said he met two men there and one displayed a gun before taking the phone and fleeing.
A month later, on June 11, a man told police he also met the suspect at Hooper’s bar to sell a Galaxy S4 phone valued at $700. The two men again took the phone and fled, police said.
On June 20, a woman told police she met the suspect at Hooper’s, and this time he fled with her iPhone valued at $750.
On June 22, a woman agreed to meet the suspect at the skate park to sell her HTC phone, valued at $549. Again, the suspect grabbed the phone and ran, police said.
Bail on all of the charges was set at $40,000, and Tyus was given a Sept. 4 court date.