"Attempted Kidnapping Update" Suspicious Incident With Blue Pickup Truck At Northwest Highway And Vail Ave, Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights police responded about 3:16 PM Thursday to a report of a suspicious incident at the Marathon gas station, 102 West Northwest Highway Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report when a witness described that an unknown subject stopped two young boys walking by the gas station. The subject offered the boys money to clean out the bed of his truck. One of the boys stopped, got into the bed of the truck, and began cleaning. The subject stood at the rear of the truck taking pictures of the boy while he cleaned. The subject motioned to the boy to get out of the truck bed. The boy exited the bed of the truck and left on foot. The subject was last seen southeastbound on Northwest Highway in his pick-up.

The subject was described as a male/Hispanic or male/Middle Eastern 6'0" 250 LBS with a short dark-colred beard, and wearing a white hooded sweatshirt. According to a police release he was driving a blue Chevy pickup truck with chrome wheels with two large blue plastic barrels in the pickup truck bed.

The crime is reported to have occurred on Thursday, February 13, 2014 between 3:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Police did not release information of a possible second incident involving the same truck and offender. Police were headed north on Arlington Heights Road with lights and sirens to a report of an incident involving a pickup truck with similar description in the area of Ridge Avenue and Happfield Drive. The exact details are unknown, but the truck was last seen heading westbound on Happfield Drive near Ridge Avenue.

The cases are apparently NOT being considered attempted kidnapping cases at this time.

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.

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