Rolling Meadows police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 9:31 AM Tuesday to a home invasion robbery in the block of 2400 Cardinal Drive Rolling Meadows, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report that a woman was injured in a home invasion in her home on Cardinal Drive north of Campbell Street.
Witnesses in the neighborhood were able to provide a description of the vehicle that was used to flee the scene.
A Cook County Sheriff’s Prisoner Bus driver was aware of the vehicle description from radio communications, and was in the area on an assignment to transport prisoners to Cook County Circuit Court in Rolling Meadows.
The Cook County Sheriff’s bus driver happened to observe a vehicle that matched the description of the offenders’ vehicle from Cardinal Drive in Rolling Meadows. The bus driver followed the vehicle or pursued the vehicle, which contained several offenders. Somewhere near Dick’s Sporting Goods while the vehicle was being followed or pursued by the Cook County Sheriff’s Prisoner Bus, a crash occurred and some or all of the suspects were placed in custody.
The crash near Dick’s Sporting Goods at 601 North Martingale Road was reported about 9:36 a.m.
Meanwhile, Rolling Meadows police learned at the crime scene at the home invasion victim’s house that a group of young adults — posing as a church group — rang the doorbell at the victim’s home. The group then forced their way into the woman’s home and began to rob the home. The group of offenders, which involved men and women, held the woman down while her home was ransacked. The woman was injured during the home invasion and was transported to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.
No official confirmation on these details … this report is developing …
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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