The Cardinal doesn’t normally offer rebuttal on comment sections from other media providers, but when facts published in The Cardinal can simply dispute outrageously untrue comments, it’s time to put a spotlight on the inaccurate statements. Comments were publicly posted today by “jimshew” following an article nicely and suitably reported by the Daily Herald Arlington Heights police looking for the Honda burglars (Comments)
The reader makes the claim that the Arlington Heights police can’t solve car burglaries …
If you think Arlington Heights cops are going to solve car burglaries your [sic] nuts. If it isn’t a speeding ticket or illegal lane change ticket they are nowhere to be found.
Following are cases involving the arrest of thirteen burglary suspects in Arlington Heights by Arlington Heights police that The Cardinal has reported in the last two years and four months. You will see that most of these cases were assisted by help from alert citizens who called police in a timely manner.
Vehicle Burglary Suspects Arrested After “Burglary-in-Progress” Call On North Windsor
SAT MAR 19 2011 — Immediately following a vehicle burglary in progress call, police responded and eventually arrested three suspects with the help of a K-9 unit. While police were investigating the vehicle burglary on Windsor, they discovered two males parked in a Mercury Sable with illegal drug paraphernalia and made two additional arrests (See The Cardinal Alert Police Looking for Vehicle Burglary Suspects Find Unrelated Men with Drug Paraphernalia).
Samuel H. Lee Arrested As Suspect in 52 Arlington Heights Vehicle Burglaries Since June 2010
SUN JAN 02 2011 — Samuel H. Lee, who possessed a camera and two GPS devices, was apprehended just 10 minutes after the first reports of multiple burglaries were called in to police about 1:45 a.m. Samuel H. Lee was named a suspect in about 52 burglaries ranging in dates from June 8, 2010 and January 2, 2011 in an area bounded roughly by Arlington Heights Road, Northwest Highway, Arthur Avenue, and Central Road.
Two Arrested on South Roosevelt After Vehicle Burglaries on Dryden and Roosevelt
WED DEC 08 2010 — Immediately following a vehicle burglary in the 800 block of South Dryden Place about 6:40 p.m., police arrested two suspects in the 400 block of South Roosevelt. One of the offenders resisted arrest. Both suspects were charged with burglary to motor vehicle.
Suspicious Person, Vehicle Burglary in Progress, Foot Pursuit, Arrest on West Rand
SAT SEP 10 2010 — Responding immediately to a call that a man was prowling around vehicles near Stonebridge Apartments, police were in a foot pursuit within two minutes, and had a suspect in custody that was charged with three counts of burglary to motor vehicle. Five burglaries had occurred just the week before — just south of the arrest location and south of Rand Road (See The Cardinal Burglary to Vehicle West Lasalle Street).
Auto Burglary in Progress, Foot Pursuit, Two Arrested Just Southwest of Kennicott and Rand
FRI APR 30 2010 — Police responded to a report of a car alarm activated on North Kennicott about 4:20 a.m., and then received an update from a citizen that the suspects were walking northbound on Lafayette Street. After a foot pursuit, a first suspect was apprehended just after 5:00 a.m. A second suspect was apprehended by 5:30 a.m. At least eight vehicles were reported burglarized later that morning as people woke up.
Mario Navidad, 18, Jonathan Cabrero, 17 Arrested for Multiple Car, GPS Burglaries
APR 2009 — Police arrested Mario Navidad, 18, Jonathan Cabrero, 17, and charged the suspects with multiple counts of burglary for multiple break-ins at the La Quinta Inn, at 1415 E. Dundee Road, Palatine, and the parking lot of Arlington Lanes at 3435 N. Kennicott Avenue, Arlington Heights.
Arlington Heights Police Round Up Two Burglars Overnight/Early Monday Morning Near Stonebridge Apartments
MON DEC 15 2008 — Police sprinted out of their police squad cars into winter temperatures falling below 20°F and into the teens for a foot pursuit that resulted in the capture of one suspect about 1:00 a.m. and a second suspect about an hour later. A church was also burglarized and vandalized near Rand and Hintz Road that night. A crime spree of vehicle burglaries lasted several months prior to those arrests. At least one of the suspects in this crime would end up as a repeat offender more than two years later in one of the cases already mentioned above.
A second false and misleading statement by “jimshew” in the comment section following the Daily Herald article is listed here …
The north side of town has had an ongoing car and home burglary problem for a year and they can’t catch anybody. And you knwo [sic] it is a kid because they have been mostly hitting unlocked cars . So you would think if they can’t figure out a kid burglarizing cars how are they going to figure out a [sic] adult burglar like this.
The statements by the commenter are misleading to other readers, who would be inclined to believe that the Arlington Heights police only work on easy traffic stops on a daily basis, and don’t work on any serious cases. In fact, the belief is very far from the truth. Almost every day police are involved in traffic stops on the streets of Arlington Heights that involve people (residents and non-residents) who happen to have extensive criminal histories. Often they are WANTED and are taken into custody. They are held in an Arlington Heights police jail until they are extradited to the law agency that wants them or they are taken to bond court by Arlington Heights police officers. Criminal offenses include drivers who are driving with suspended/revoked licenses, drivers who are driving while their licenses are suspended for DUI, drivers who are intoxicated, and drivers and passengers that possess illegal drugs/controlled substances. Sometimes drivers are driving a stolen auto and are immediately arrested. Often the people who are stopped on traffic stops, although not wanted, have extensive criminal histories with convictions, including homicide, armed robbery, larceny, possession and delivery of controlled substances, possession of dangerous drugs, sexual predator behavior, armed robbery, trespassing, invasion of privacy, burglary, retail theft, or gang cautions (Vice Lords, Latin Kings, Gangster Disciples, Gaylord Street Gang, Latin Counts). Of course, occasionally the drivers are wanted for one or more of these serious offenses (See The Cardinal Arlington Heights Police Capture Lake Zurich Armed Robbery Suspect).
Any inadequacies in the protection of our public safety are not likely due to ineffective police work. The problems are more likely due to overbooked or ineffective courts, ineffective laws and policies, harmful or corrupt politics, and ineffective rehabilitation of criminals — or just the problematic nature of a free society.
In the case of Mathew Nellessen, who is charged with killing his father on April 12, 2011, he was just released from jail on March 25, 2011 after serving time for residential burglary. Prior to his prison sentence, he violated probation with an incident involving drugs. And between his release on March 25 and the alleged homicide on April 12, he was arrested by Kildeer police for driving with a suspended or revoked driver’s license and suspended registration. There are plenty of suspects and offenders revolving through the system to keep the Arlington Heights police and other police busy. The Cardinal finds the Arlington Heights law officers’ record for vehicle burglary arrests commendable.
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