Arrest Immediately After Armed Robbery at 7-Eleven at Hintz Rd and Buffalo Grove Rd Arlington Heights

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Kathryn Orlowski, armed robbery suspect in Arlington Heights (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department)
Kathryn Orlowski, armed robbery suspect at 7-Eleven robbery in Arlington Heights (SOURCE: Arlington Heights Police Department).

Arlington Heights Police officers responded about 1:14 a.m. Friday, April 29, 2022 to a report of an armed robbery at the 7-Eleven, 1418 East Hintz Road in Arlington Heights. The clerk at the local north side convenience store, located in the Brook Run Plaza strip mall, was working the night shift, and reported an armed robbery involving an offender with a golf club.

Police received the report that on Friday April 29, 2022 at approximately 1:14 a.m. a lone female committed and armed robbery after entering the 7-Eleven store located at the northeast corner of Hintz Road and Buffalo Grove Road.

A female offender was wielding a golf club in a threatening manner while demanding the clerk hand over money from the cash register. The clerk complied and was not physically harmed. The offender fled in a vehicle northbound on Buffalo Grove Road while a call was placed to 911 reporting a robbery.

The suspect was described as a female wearing dark clothing and a black bandana to partially cover her face. The suspect’s vehicle description was no released by the Arlington Heights Police Department.

A quick description composite of the suspect and vehicle was compiled by emergency 9-1-1 center Northwest Central Dispatch System personnel and immediately broadcast to area patrol units. Arlington Heights Police Department and Buffalo Grove Police Department share the same radio talkgroup, and patrol officers from both municipalities, who frequently patrol concurrent borders, moved toward the area of the robbery.

An Arlington Heights police officer was patrolling Dundee Road, as was a Buffalo Grove police officer. An alert Buffalo Grove police officer spotted a vehicle matching the broadcast description, and began to follow the vehicle. An Arlington Heights officer was traveling in the opposite direction, also noticed the car and was able to confirm it was being driven by a lone female. Together, police officers from both police departments were able to effect a traffic stop and approached the suspect’s car, according to the Arlington Heights Police Department. A golf bag and clubs were visible in the rear seat, according to the Arlington Heights Police Department.

The driver made incriminating statements that allowed police officers to detain her, according to the Arlington Heights Police Department. Police officers drove the 7-Eleven store clerk to the traffic stop location for a Show-Up Identification, and the store clerk made a positive identification. A 39-year-old female, identified as Kathryn A. Orlowski, of the block of 1500 Camden Court in The Arlington Club neighborhood in Wheeling was arrested and transported to the Arlington Heights Police Department headquarters and detention facility. The Arlington Club in Wheeling — located near the northeast corner of Dundee Road and Buffalo Grove Road in Buffalo Grove — is about 1.6 miles (a five-minute trip) from the 7-Eleven affected by the armed robbery.

Proceeds from the robbery were recovered during the booking process. Arlington Heights Police Department detectives interviewed the Kathryn Orlowski, and determined she was solely responsible for the armed robbery. The case facts were reviewed by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – Felony Review Unit. A criminal charge of Armed Robbery was approved.

According to the Arlington Heights Police Department, a quick and collaborative police response led to the arrest and the approved charges applied to suspect Kathryn Orlowski.

Arlington Heights Police Department expressed great appreciation for the invaluable assistance rendered by Buffalo Grove officers, which resulted in the swift apprehension of this criminal.

Kathryn A. Orlowski, a 39-years-old female, of the block of 1500 Camden Court in Wheeling, was charged with Armed Robbery with a Deadly Weapon — a Class X Felony. If convicted of a Class X Felony in Illinois, an individual faces a mandatory sentence of six to 30 years in an Illinois Department of Corrections facility with no chance of probation.

Following the Kathryn Orlowski arrest, the suspect was scheduled for Bond Court on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 26th Street and California Avenue in Chicago.

7-Eleven on Hintz Road in Arlington Heights (Image captured October 2018 ©2022 Google)
7-Eleven on Hintz Road in Arlington Heights (Image captured October 2018 ©2022 Google).


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