Robbery Attempt with A Baseball Bat in Parking Lot on West Algonquin Rd, Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights police responded about 10:51 PM Thursday to a robbery attempt at a business parking lot in the block of 505 West Algonquin Road Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report that two offenders approached a female victim (age 63) who was sitting in her red 2010 Toyota Corolla which was in a parking lot. The windows were closed and the doors were locked. The offenders each went to one of the front doors. Offender #1 yelled for the victim to get out of the car and then struck the driver side window twice. The victim started the vehicle and put it in reverse. Both offenders stepped back as she backed out of the parking space and drove away. She observed the offenders enter a black two door vehicle and leave northbound through the parking lot.

The victim stayed in the lot at 505-509 West Algonquin Road until police officers arrived. Offender #2 did not say anything or attempt to enter her vehicle. The victim had been waiting in the parking lot prior to the start of her work shift. The driver’s side window was cracked when struck with the bat. There is no damage estimate.

The offenders are described as males, possibly Hispanic, wearing black hooded sweatshirts.

The crime is reported to have occurred between 10:40 p.m. and 10:50 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2013.

Arlington Heights police release information on this crime on Friday August 23, 2013 at 8:16 a.m. CDT.

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.

Map of area of robbery attempt on West Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights …

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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