Police Release Surveillance Image of Chase Bank Robber Who Crossed Golf Rd, Arlington Heights Thursday Afternoon

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Arlington Heights Police officers responded to a 9-1-1 call of a Bank Robbery at Chase Bank early Thursday afternoon.

A single male offender entered the bank located at 43 East Golf Road just before 1:30pm (possibly 2:25 p.m. see below*) and approached a teller window.

A note was presented demanding cash. A weapon was inferred but not displayed. The teller immediately complied by providing an undetermined amount of United States Currency. Without further conversation, the offender left the facility. Witnesses observed him running through the parking lot, crossing Golf Road into a shopping center.

The offender was described as a Male/Black, in his late 20’s, 6’0-6’2”, large build with dark hair. He was last seen wearing sunglasses, a dark waist length jacket with a horizontal red stripe across the chest and along the upper sleeves, and blue jeans.

*In the Arlington Heights Police Media Release, the police stated the offender approached the teller window at 1:30 p.m.;however, the Illinois State Police re-broadcast of the Arlington Heights Police Department message about the crime stated the crime occurred at 2:25 p.m. Judging from the police activity observed at the scene at 2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the robbery probably occurred at about 2:25 p.m.


Suspect description: Male/Black; Approximately mid 20s, 6’0” to 6’3” in height, and 180 to 190 lbs; Short black hair and a slender build; Wearing black sunglasses, a black warm-up style jacket with a red stripe across the chest, and dark jeans.

VIDEO: Investigation after bank robbery at Chase Bank on Golf Road, Arlington Heights.


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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