Suspect vehicle in BB pellet case (Arlington Heights Police Department).
An overnight criminal or a group of criminals have now shot at least 28 vehicles and/or residences in the Village of Arlington Heights in a 21-day period. In all the cases the known damage has been done to glass. Most of the damage or known damage has occurred in north side neighborhoods.
The Arlington Heights Police Department is actively investigating the string of Criminal Damage to Vehicle and Property reports throughout the village. Between October 27th and November 17th, there have been 28 reported incidents — all which appear to have been caused by a BB gun. All of the incidents occurred during the overnight hours, with most being discovered the following morning.
Police say they are aware that there have been additional incidents occurring since November 17, 2016. At this time, it appears property is being damaged at random. The Arlington Heights Police Department recommends parking vehicles in a garage, if available; or moving vehicles as far up driveways as possible. The police remind residents it is important to report any suspicious vehicles, persons or activity immediately by calling 911.
Note that the publishing of an image of the suspect vehicle on November 23, 2016 by the police department and multiple local news media has not deterred continued criminal damage by an offender or offenders.
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Coach Light Glass Shot with BB Pellets on Regency Drive East, Arlington Heights Published Nov. 18 2016
The Arlington Heights Police department is requesting the community’s help in identifying the offender(s) and the vehicle shown in the article. If you have any information, please call 847-368-5300. You can also report information to Arlington Heights Crime Stoppers Anyone having information about this or any other serious crime in Arlington Heights should submit an anonymous text tip by texting the keyword 847AHPD and your message to 847411(tip411) 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.
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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