Armed Robbery At Mobil Station On West Rand Road Near Kennicott Ave, Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights police responded about 8:45 PM Friday to an armed robbery at the Mobil gas station, 815 West Rand Road Arlington Heights, IL. Police received a report that an unknown offender displayed a handgun and demanded money from the employee. The subject is described as a black male, dark complexion, 5'5" tall, no facial hair, last seen wearing a short black winter hat, a black or blue shirt, black knit gloves and black sunglasses.

The crime is reported to have occurred on Friday, December 26, 2014 between 08:40 PM and 08:44 PM.

Arlington Heights Police released information about this crime on Monday December 29, 2014 at 12:33 PM -- about 63:49 (hours: minutes) after the crime was reported. Please note: The elapsed time of police notification to the public is based on an estimated crime report time.

The delay of 64 hours is 2 1/2 days to notify the public of an armed robbery in their community. The time period also involves the turnover of eight patrol shifts lasting eight hours each.

The time frame information provided in NO WAY is intended to criticize any individual police officer performance, but is provided to call into question the public information policy of the Arlington Heights Police Department and the Village of Arlington Heights.

The same gas station was robbed on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 7:43 p.m.

On March 16, 2013 a gas station in Streamwood at 2 North Barrington Road was robbed and the clerk was stabbed and murdered at about 4:37 a.m. on March 16, 2013. The suspect was a male/white suspect dressed in all black.

Thornton's Inc. is offering up to $5,000.00 reward for information that leads to the arrest of this offender. The crime has not been solved.

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