Suspects face charges in Craigslist thefts
By Janelle Walker For The Courier-News December 21, 2011 9:56PM
Jonathan D. Miller, 18, of Oxford Court, Carpentersville, was charged with a Class 2 felony count of theft
Updated: January 23, 2012 10:54AM
CARPENTERSVILLE — Two men are accused of setting up appointments to buy expensive items from people advertising on Craigslist, grabbing the items from the victims, and then attempting to resell the items — including an $8,000 watch, also on Craigslist, using the original ad’s photos.
Jonathan D. Miller, 18, of Oxford Court, Carpentersville, was charged with a Class 2 felony count of theft after being accused of stealing an $8,000 watch then attempting to sell it back to its original owner.
Myshawn L. Bonds, 19, also of Oxford Court, Carpentersville, was charged with Class 3 felony theft after also being accused of robbing a man of his MacBook Pro laptop computer after that victim agreed to sell it on Craigslist.
According to Carpentersville police Cmdr. Tim Bosshart, a Skokie man told police he met with two male blacks at 2 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Dundee-Crown High School, 1500 Kings Road. The victim told police he was there to sell an $8,000 Roger Dubuis watch he had posted on Craigslist and that the potential buyer had asked to meet there.
When the victim showed up, the subjects grabbed the watch and ran toward the Fox View apartments, Bosshart said. The victim then made a report at the Carpentersville Police Department.
Later that afternoon, the victim searched on Craigslist to see if he could find his watch — and did. According to Bosshart, the photos in the new ad were the same images the victim had used in the original ad — including a photo of the watch’s individually numbered back plate.
The victim contacted the new seller — who was advertising a new selling price of $7,000 — and arranged to purchase the watch, then contacted Carpentersville police. While at the police station, the victim texted the offenders and planned to meet at the McDonald’s at Route 25 and Besinger Drive, police said. There, officers arrested Bonds and Miller. Bonds was in possession of the watch at the time of his arrest, police said.
Carpentersville police then charged Bonds with theft of a MacBook Pro laptop computer on Dec. 10. According to Bosshart, a Hoffman Estates man told police he had listed the computer on Craigslist and agreed to meet the buyer at Dundee-Crown High School. When he arrived, a man later identified as Bonds grabbed the computer and ran, police were told.
The victim used software loaded onto the computer to find its location and take pictures of where it was, Bosshart said. The software indicated the machine was near Spring Hill Mall, and West Dundee police identified the photos as taken at a computer repair shop there. An employee there told police he had purchased the computer for $405 from Miller. It had listed on Craigslist for $1,650.
Miller’s bail was set at $30,000, and Bonds’ bail was set at $15,000. Both were given Jan. 9 court dates.