Arlington Heights police responded about 1:39 PM Sunday to an armed robbery in the block of 2300 South Goebbert Road Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report that an unknown offender displayed a gun and demanded the female victim hand over her purse. The victim got out of her car, and was followed by the offender. As a courtesy, she opened the apartment building door for the offender, he followed her inside the apartment building and demanded her purse while displaying a gun.
The offender was described as a black male, in his 20’s, 6’0, with a medium build, wearing a dark blue hooded jacket, jeans and a knit winter hat.
The purse was described as a Calvin Klein purse, containing cash, credit cards and a driver’s license.
The crime is reported to have occurred on New Year’s Day, Sunday, January 1, 2017 at 01:38 PM.
Arlington Heights police are now investigating two recent potentially violent crimes in the vicinity of Goebbert Road near Falcon Drive: an armed vehicular hijacking that occurred on Friday, December 23, 2016 at 2134 South Goebbert Road, and the New Year’s Day armed robbery that occurred in the 2300 block of South Goebbert Road.
A police sketch was available for the carjacking suspect, but was not available for the robber that took the purse, cash and credit cards.
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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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