Mount Prospect police responded about 3:49 PM Thursday April 13, 2017 to an armed robbery at the Verizon Wireless store, 905 East Rand Road Mount Prospect, IL. Police received a report that the store was robbed by three offenders.
The preliminary investigation revealed a black female entered the store and inquired about a cell phone. The employee checked the stock room for the phone and upon returning to the customer area, two black males were now with the female. The males inquired about another phone, causing the employee to return to the stockroom. The employee returned to the customer area with the store manager. The female left the store when she was asked for her identification to open an account. At that time, the male wearing the yellow baseball style hat, produced a black colored handgun and ordered the two employees into the stock room, where the offenders bound the employee’s hands. The male offenders then took multiple cell phones from the stock room and the personal cell phone of one of the employees. The offenders then left the stock room, where they encountered another employee in the hallway. The offender in the yellow baseball style hat ordered the employee at gunpoint into the employee break room. The male offenders then exited the store and fled the area in an unknown direction. The employees called 911 after the offenders left the store. The three store employees were not injured during the Armed Robbery. There were an additional five Verizon Wireless employees in a conference room who were unaware of the robbery.
Offender #1 is described as a black female, 21-22 years old, medium build, black hair with red colored highlights, wearing a grey sweater, blue jeans and pink shoes.
Offender #2 is described as a black male, 18-23 years old, thin build, wearing a yellow baseball style hat, a black colored hooded sweatshirt with white faces on the front, dark colored torn jeans and beige work boots.
Offender #3 is described as a black male, 40-50 years old, medium build, with facial hair, wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt, torn blue jeans and white shoes.
The Mount Prospect Police Department continues to investigate this Armed Robbery and anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to call the Mount Prospect Police Department’s Investigations Section at 847-870-5654. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers of Mount Prospect by calling 847-590-7867 or texting MPPD and your tip to 274637. Tips made through Crime Stoppers of Mount Prospect that lead to the arrest and prosecution of the offenders could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.
Armed Robbery Suspect #1 (Mount Prospect Police Department).
Armed Robbery Suspect #2 (Mount Prospect Police Department).
Armed Robbery Suspect #3 (Mount Prospect Police Department).
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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