Arlington Heights Police Release Surveillance Images of Palm Beach Tan Armed Robber

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Arlington Heights Police Department has released surveillance images of an armed robbery suspect that hit the Palm Beach Tanning Salon at 381 East Palatine Road last Saturday.

Arlington Heights police responded about 1:46 PM Saturday to an armed robbery at Palm Beach Tan 381 East Palatine Road Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report that an unknown offender entered the business, lifted his sweatshirt to show the victim a black handgun tucked in his waistband, and demanded money. At some point he walked with his hands in his sweatshirt pockets. Part of the time his hood was up, and part of the time his hood was down. The suspect’s hood was up in an adjacent business where he spent time before the armed robbery. Police did not name the adjacent local business.

Once inside Palm Beach Tan, the clerk greeted the man, and the man responded by lifting his sweatshirt, which displayed the gun. The suspect then put his hand on the gun and said, “Give me all of our money.” Police did not mention which way the suspect fled.


The offender is described as a white male, 5’05” 140 LBS with a slim build, short curly brown hair and a short-haired beard. The offender was wearing a black Chicago White Sox hat on backwards, a gray hooded sweatshirt with black lining, blue jeans, and black gym shoes.


The crime is reported to have occurred on October 17, 2015 about 1:35 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

Palm Beach Tan is located between Sally Beauty Supply and Dick’s Sporting Goods near Great Clips and Jo-Ann superstore.

LIVE TRAFFIC MAP of neighborhood of an armed robbery at Palm Beach Tan, 381 E Palatine Road Arlington Heights, IL …


Anyone having information about this or any other serious crime in Arlington Heights can submit an anonymous tip via text or by telephone: Text keyword 847AHPD and your message to 847411; or call Arlington Heights Crime Stoppers at (847) 590-STOP. Callers are guaranteed anonymity and may qualify for a cash reward of up to $1,000.


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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