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A Whack With a Cane, and Tackle by a Witness Fends off Purse Robber Near Jewel-Osco on South Arlington Heights Rd, Arlington Heights

Thu July 04 2013 8:07 am
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Arlington Heights police responded about 1:45 PM Wednesday to an attempted purse theft and aggravated battery at Jewel-Osco, 1860 South Arlington Heights Road Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report that a 76-year-old female victim parked in the Jewel-Osco parking lot and was walking toward the store with her purse and a walking cane. She felt a pull on her purse, but thought it was a friend playing a joke. She turned around to find an unknown offender attempting to take the purse. The victim began hitting the offender with her cane and yelled for help. A male witness age 29 was running to help her when the offender pushed her down and took the purse. The witness tackled the offender in the southwest corner of the parking lot and was able to retrieve the purse after the offender was able to break free from his grasp. The offender ran westbound on Golf Rd. The witness returned the purse and called 911.

The offender is described as a male/white wearing a baseball cap, long sleeved black shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone having information about this or any other serious crime in Arlington Heights should submit an anonymous text tip by texting the keyword 847AHPD and your message to 847411(tip411) or call Arlington Heights Crime Stoppers at (847) 590-STOP. Callers are guaranteed anonymity and may qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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Criminals of this type of crime are at an advantage of fleeing without capture within police department jurisdictions that dispatch using encrypted secret police radio communications. Neighborhood watch groups, or citizens that might listen to police scanners or police scanner smartphone apps are without the opportunity to be aware of this type of fleeing criminal.

While some police departments choose to keep their police dispatch communications open for their citizens, the police departments of Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Inverness, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Prospect Heights, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg and Streamwood use secret encrypted radio communications that eliminate opportunities of awareness and immediate sightings of criminal offenders in a local region immediately after a criminal act.

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