Arlington Heights police received a report about 3:37 AM Tuesday of a pharmacy burglary at Walgreens, 1711 West Campbell St Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report that an unknown offender or offenders gained entry to the business using force. The offender(s) removed an unknown amount of prescription medication of unknown value. Police did not release the name of the prescription medication.
The crime is reported to have occurred on Tuesday May 6, 2014 between 3:27 a.m. and 3:36 a.m. Police did not release whether or not they responded to an activated burglar alarm, but with the narrow time range of crime occurrence, it is likely that police responded to an activated burglar alarm.
Even with secret military grade encrypted radios, which police claim prevent criminals from monitoring police communications and give officers a better chance at capturing criminals, police were not able to respond in time to capture the unknown offender or offenders. At 3:30 a.m. with quick police response likely with almost zero traffic consisting of only newspaper delivery vehicles and commercial garbage trucks, the offender was able to slip away.
Police were on an intense search during the early morning hours, but no early rising neighbors in the area of the strip mall would have any chance of being aware of a criminal hiding in their backyards or fleeing through their neighborhood.
IMPORTANT ALERT …
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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