Arlington Heights police responded about 9:21 PM Wednesday to Jewel-Osco and the Mobil gas station at Arlington Heights Road and Golf Road Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report that unknown offenders filled a shopping cart and removed hundreds of dollars of food merchandise from the Jewel, then proceeded to the Mobil gas station and took several packs of cigarettes valued over $40 and Red Bull. The offenders are described as …
(1) a thin white male, early 20’s wearing a gray baseball cap, red shirt with ‘Family’ on it, gray baggy shorts and black gym shoes, and
(2) a medium built white male with brown hair and a short beard, wearing a light blue V-neck shirt, black shorts and black gym shoes.
One offender or both offenders may have been associated with a silver Chevrolet Trailblazer. Jewel-Osco and Mobil gas station share a common parking lot area.
— Cardinal News (@EarlyReport) August 19, 2014
— Arlingtoncards (@Arlingtoncards) August 19, 2014
The crime is reported to have occurred on Wednesday August 6, 2014 between 9:00 p.m. and 9:20 p.m.
Arlington Heights police released information on this case on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 9:35 a.m. — 12 days after the incident.
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.
Lack of real time information from police dispatch also delays public awareness or eliminates public awareness of general hazards and traffic or other situations in every day living in an otherwise economically thriving community.
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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