Buffalo Grove police responded about 8:20 PM Monday to an armed robbery at the Dundee Point Shopping Center Dundee Road and Buffalo Grove Road Buffalo Grove, IL. Police received a report that a 20-year-old man was robbed at an ATM at about 8:00 p.m. Police received a report that two men approached the man at the Dundee Point Shopping Center at the northwest corner of Buffalo Grove Road and Dundee Road.
One of the men displayed a silver handgun as the two men ordered the victim into their dark-colored Toyota Camry.
The offenders and the victim drove a short distance to the Chase Bank in the shopping center. The offenders told the victim to withdraw money from his account using an ATM located in the vestibule at the bank.
The victim was able to escape the two offenders after giving them an undisclosed amount of money. The victim was able to run into a nearby business and call 9-1-1 at 8:20 p.m..
The two offenders were described as …
#1) a male/black with dreadlocks, wearing a black jacket and red skinny jeans, and
#2) a male/black wearing a black ski mask covering his face, a black hooded puffy jacket, ligtht-colored jeans and dark green Timberland boots.
The crime is reported to have occurred at about 8:00 p.m. Buffalo Grove police apparently did not relay information about this call on the Illinois State Police Radio Network, which immediately notifies area police officers about serious crimes.
The Buffalo Grove police are investigating the incident, including review of surveillance video in the area.
Buffalo Grove police urge any citizens who may have information about the incident to call the Buffalo Grove Police Department at 847-459-2560.
*** THE PUBLIC WAS NOTIFIED MORE THAN 24 HOURS AFTER THIS SERIOUS CRIME OCCURRED IN BUFFALO GROVE ***
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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