VIDEO: Armed Robbery investigation at Dunkin’ Donuts on South Arlington Heights Road north of Algonquin Road in Arlington Heights.
Arlington Heights police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 2:31 AM Thursday to an armed robbery at Dunkin’ Donuts, 2106 South Arlington Heights Road Arlington Heights, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report that an overnight armed robbery occurred at the 24-hour Dunkin’ Donuts at 2:30 a.m.
The suspect was described as a male/Hispanic, 5’9″ wearing a black hoodie and a black-and-red bandana over his face.
The suspect was reported armed with a black unknown semi-automatic handgun.
The offender took cash and was last seen headed west on foot. A Palatine Police Department K-9 unit also responded to the scene.
Arlington Heights firefighter/paramedics transported one patient from the scene. No shots fired and no gunshot wounds were reported.
Get updates from The Cardinal CRIME BLOG ‘Plus’ on Facebook. Just ‘LIKE’ the ‘Arlington Cardinal Crime & Forensics’ Page (become a fan of our page). The updates cover all posts in the 24/7 Crime Alerts! and sub-categories. See all of The Cardinal Facebook fan pages at Arlingtoncardinal.com/about/facebook …
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.