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Crime & Courts

Chicago man charged with stealing Wheaton couple's car at gunpoint

WHEATON – A Chicago man has been charged with allegedly following a Wheaton couple on their way home and stealing their car at gunpoint.

Carlos Moore, 26, of the 5000 block of West Polk Street, has been charged with armed robbery with a firearm and aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm, according to a news release from the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office. Both charges are Class X felonies punishable by as many as 30 years in prison.

Moore appeared in bond court Sept. 21, where DuPage County Judge Joseph Bugos set bond at $250,000, with 10 percent to apply. An accomplice of Moore, Phillip Smith, 25, faces the same charges in regards to the alleged incident, the release stated. Smith is currently being held in custody in the Cook County Jail.

At about 10:10 p.m. Feb. 22, Moore, Smith and one unnamed accomplice allegedly followed a Wheaton couple as they drove to their home, according to the release. After the couple pulled into their garage, Moore, Smith and the accomplice allegedly pulled their vehicle into the driveway behind them.

It is alleged Moore and Smith, wearing masks, got out of their vehicle, and Moore allegedly then pointed a gun at the wife and demanded the keys to their vehicle, the release stated. The wife gave her purse to Moore, and it is alleged he, Smith and the accomplice stole the couple’s vehicle, according to the release.

A short time later, officers spotted the vehicle but eventually lost it following a high-speed chase. The vehicle was later located in a Chicago parking lot.

An investigation into the incident, conducted by the Wheaton Police Department, led authorities to Moore and Smith, the release stated. The third individual allegedly involved in the robbery has not yet been taken into custody as the investigation into the matter continues.

“It is alleged Mr. Moore, Mr. Smith and another individual spotted their victims driving home late one night and decided to follow them home to steal their car at gunpoint,” DuPage County State's Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “Thankfully no one was hurt during this incident, which I am sure was very traumatic for the victims. It is through the outstanding work of the Wheaton Police Department that Mr. Moore and Mr. Smith were identified as suspects in this case and charged.

Moore’s next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 16, in front of DuPage County Judge George Bakalis. No court date is set for Smith at this time.

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