Schaumburg police responded about 8:04 PM Tuesday, February 10, 2015 to Jared Galleria of Jewelry, 1700 Woodfield Rd Schaumburg, IL. Police received a report that three male/black subjects, considered armed and dangerous, were involved in a retail theft at the jewelry store.
Two or three subjects smashed display counters while the store was open and fled with 63 loose diamonds valued at $427,275. The crime is reported to have occurred at 8:04 p.m. Other loose jewelry (including other gems and mounted) was also reported stolen, which brought the total loss over $500,000.
Witnesses described three male/black subjects were armed with hammers. One of the subjects was about 5’10” with a thin build wearing dark clothing.
The subjects fled in a dark minivan with tinted windows and no hubcaps. The van used for the crime had been reported stolen from Rolling Meadows, and was found empty in a nearby parking lot.
No injuries were reported.
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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