Two Retail Theft Suspects in Foot Chase with Security, Get Away at Jewel-Osco, Arlington Heights


Arlington Heights police responded about 7:06 PM Wednesday to a report of a retail theft in progress at Jewel-Osco, 440 East Rand road Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report of two retail theft suspects at large in the parking lot of Jewel-Osco on Rand Road near Palatine Road.

Jewel-Osco security personnel were involved in a foot chase out the front door of the store with a male/black suspect carrying a backpack. Suspect #1 outran a security staffer at Jewel-Osco. The suspect first ran southeast along the building storefront, and then turned around and ran northwest along the storefront and got away.

The suspect walked out of the store while security pursued the first suspect.

Suspect #1 was described as a male/black subject, age 19-25 years-old, 5’10” medium build with no facial hair, wearing dark winter clothing. He was carrying a multi-colored backpack.

Suspect #2 was described as a male/black subject in his 20s, about 5’11” medium build with no facial hair, wearing dark winter clothing, and also carrying a backpack.

The crime is reported to have occurred just after 7:00 p.m.

An employee at Jewel-Osco, who wanted to remain anonymous, stated that there have been several incidents like this recently. Arlington Heights Police Department has not reported any recent incidents at the Jewel-Osco in their Citizen Observer releases.

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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.

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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