Armed with a Screwdriver, Man Robs Woman in Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve Adjacent Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove

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Lake County Forest Preserve Ranger Police 8:15 AM Friday to a report of an armed robbery at Buffalo Creek Forest Preserve Forest Preserve. Lake County Forest Preserve Ranger Police received a report that an armed robber stole a cellphone from a female jogger Friday morning in the Buffalo Grove Forest Preserve.

The offender grabbed her arm, threatened her with a screwdriver and took her phone before running toward Checker Road.

The jogger was not injured. Her cellphone was later located a short distance from the scene of the attack, police said.

The offender was described as a male/Hispanic man, age 25-35 years-old, with a short and heavyset build.

Lake County Forest Preserve Ranger Police did not specify the exact location of the attack — whether it occurred on the east side or the west side of the forest preserve, for example. Lake County Forest Preserve Ranger Police also did not specify whether the local police jurisdictions of Arlington Heights Police Department, Buffalo Grove Police Department or Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department were notified. Those three agencies use secret encrypted police radios, which cannot be monitored by neighborhood watch groups or the news media.

While the incident occurred early Friday morning, information about the crime was not released to the public until Friday night.

The attack occurred almost one week after an attempted sexual assault of a female victim in Busse Woods last Sunday evening. On March 29, about 6:40 p.m. a female jogger fought off an offender with Mace or pepper spray, according to the victim’s report to police. The offender descriptions do not match.

Citizens with information about the robbery are encouraged to contact Lake County Forest Preserve Police at 847-968-3405; or call 9-1-1.

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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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