Arlington Heights police responded about 10:56 AM Tuesday to a report of public indecency in the Dollar Tree parking lot, 89 West Golf Road Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report that offender pulled up next to the victim and her vehicle before asking for directions. The victim happened to look inside the offender’s vehicle and saw him masturbating. The offender was last seen driving east through the parking lot.
The offender was described as a male/white with dark brown hair, approximately 25 years-old, wearing black shirt. He left the scene driving a silver SUV.
The crime is reported to have occurred today at 10:55 a.m.
The incident information was released to the public by the Arlington Heights Police Department today at 4:20 p.m.
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.
Cardinal Note: As of June 5, 2013 — up to and including the date of this article — police incidents related to the above police agency are not reported in real time or within a prompt time period. Police protecting their realm of investigation and police activity, have chosen to use encrypted radios to withhold their police communications, which were previously open to the public and news media via monitoring public safety scanning radios — with no known negative results locally.
The delayed knowledge or entirely blacked out knowledge made possible by encrypted police communications may protect certain police operations and investigations, but it also puts the public at risk in situations such as when armed and dangerous offenders are at large and other similar situations. In other cases, the delayed or blacked out information inhibits or prohibits the possibility of the public providing early witness accounts before a criminal trail goes cold. Citizens are much more likely to recognize or recall suspicious or criminal activity if they are aware of the criminal incident within minutes or hours of its occurrence. The most serious incident involving dire results would be a trail that is allowed to go cold in the case of child abduction.
The lack of real time information from public police dispatch also weakens an effective neighborhood watch program mostly working to prevent property loss, but also preventing possible violent crimes.
Police have alternate ways to transmit tactical, operational or investigative information, while still keeping their main public dispatch channels open for the best balance of public safety and police safety.
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