Residential Ruse/Diversion Burglary on South Fernandez Ave, Arlington Heights

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Arlington Heights police received a report about 10:47 AM Saturday of a residential ruse/diversion burglary in the block of 1300 South Fernandez Avenue Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report that an unknown offender or offenders gained entry to the residence by distracting the victim. The offender(s) removed US currency including paper and coins value around $800 and jewelry of unknown value. One of the subjects is described as a male, Hispanic, 6’4, 240 pounds, mid-30s, shaggy hair, wearing a baseball cap, sweatshirt, and blue jeans.

The crime is reported to have occurred on Saturday, March 22, 2014 between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The time of report to police is not confirmed. Arlington Heights police released information about this incident to the public on Friday, March 28, 2014 at 10:36 a.m.

Arlington Heights police did NOT release details about the method or nature of the scam, or how the offenders distracted the victim.

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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 secret military-grade 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, such as when desperate offenders of property crimes are eluding police. 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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