Woman Was Robbed Near RedBox Video Kiosk at Jewel-Osco, Arlington Heights

VIDEO: Arlington Heights police investigating a robbery outside Jewel-Osco on North Vail Avenue about 30 minutes after the store reported a robbery.


Arlington Heights police responded about 8:52 PM Monday to a strong arm robbery at Jewel-Osco, 122 North Vail Avenue Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report a woman was robbed outside Jewel-Osco while she was near the RedBox automated video kiosk just outside the door at Jewel-Osco. The woman was robbed by two suspects about two hours before closing Monday night. The driver stayed in the getaway car while a male approached the woman from behind and forcibly removed her purse from her arm. Taken was a maroon Aldo purse value unknown; inside the purse were credit cards, a black & tan Aldo wallet and car keys.

The offenders’ vehicle is described as a dark-gray 4-door with a partial license plate starting with V 694 or V 693.

Suspect #1 described as a male 5’10” with a thin build, wearing a light-colored skull cap and a dark jacket.

Suspect #2 was described as a male driver.

No information was initially available whether the suspects were armed or whether a weapon was implied. Later police reported the robbery was a strong arm robbery.

The vehicle was last seen headed westbound on Wing Street from the scene.

The crime is reported to have occurred just before 9:00 p.m. Monday. Few customers were at the store after 9:00 p.m.

RedBox robberies have been known to occur nationwide. Victims are vulnerable because their backs are turned toward the offenders and a surprise attack can result in a quicker, quieter crime with less struggle, and less chance to draw the attention of other people in the area.

LIVE TRAFFIC MAP of neighborhood of a robbery at Jewel-Osco on Vail Avenue near Wing Street …


The video below shows surveillance video of a robbery that occurred in July 20, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska.

KETV NewsWatch 7: Woman robbed at Red Box machine.


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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