Offenders Armed With a Bat and Two Guns: Theft on Algonquin Parkway, Rolling Meadows

Rolling Meadows police responded about 3:39 AM Saturday to a battery and theft at 2201 Algonquin Parkway Rolling Meadows, IL. Police received a report that a theft occurred involving men with six or seven men armed with at least one bat and at least two guns.

The offenders were described as two male/black offenders and the remainder male/Hispanic subjects.

The offenders fled in a gray sedan with a broken windshield, a missing rear passenger hub cap, and the word “ACE” on the rear windshield. The vehicle was last seen heading east on Algonquin Road.

No word on what was taken, but the value was over $300.

Also, no word on the extent of the injuries involved in the battery.

Map of area of a theft involving offenders armed with a bat and two guns on Algonquin Parkway …

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 of public safety scanning radios — with no known negative results locally.

The delayed knowledge or entirely blacked out knowledge resulting from 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 when other similar situations occur. 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 working to prevent 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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