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Arlington Heights Police Blotter: Bucks Stolen from Starbucks, Retail Theft Arrest and More

Information provided by the Arlington Heights Police Department, it does not indicate a conviction.

Retail Theft Arrest

Robert T. Straus, 24, of Mount Prospect was arrested Sunday, Oct 28, charged with felony retail theft. According to police, around 7 a.m. Straus removed one bottle of Dom Perignon and two bottles of Moet champagne, valued at $322.37, from the Mariano’s at 802 E. Northwest Highway. Police said Straus put the items into a blue bag and left through an Emergency Exit causing the alarm to sound.  Employees chased Straus outside the building where he was later apprehended officers with the Arlington Heights Police Department in the Recreation Park lot, about two blocks from Mariano’s.

According to police, Straus may have been responsible for two prior Retail Thefts of champagne while exiting the Emergency Exit. The Mount Prospect man is scheduled to appear in court Monday, Nov. 5.

$200 Stolen from Starbucks

Just before 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 two men came up to the Starbucks counter and made multiple requests for change.  After the scam employees at the Starbucks inside the Dominick’s at 325 E. Palatine Road, determined there was $200 missing from the register. The offenders are described to be in their mid to late 30s, one with hair braids.

Purse Stolen, More than $2,000 Fraudulent Charges Racked Up

Sometime between 9 a.m. 12:45 p.m. the unknown offender or offenders entered an unlocked and unattended back room at the Pet Supply Plus at 67 W. Golf Road and removed a gold wallet from the victim’s purse.  The wallet contained approx. $4 cash, credit cards and papers.  There was unauthorized use of the credit cards in Schaumburg totally around $2,300.

Failed Vehicle Burglary Attempt

Parked in the XSport Fitness parking lot at 960 W. Dundee Road, the window of a yellow VW Beetle was broken. Sometime between 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the unknown offender or offenders damaged the rear driver side window while trying to gain entry into the vehicle by pulling down the rear driver side window.  Entry was not gained, damage is estimated at $400.

wbpprint November 01, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Why are you people at the Patch so willing to state in your descriptions that the offender is a male white in his 20's (an article earlier this week) yet refuse to say male black (hair in braids)? Anyone with a 1/2 an ounce of intelligence can determine the offender is black with usually good descriptions, but even with a vague description you stil point out a white perp. That to me is reverse discrimination an that is worse than discrimination.
wbpprint November 01, 2012 at 01:53 PM
I think that it is very important to let the readers and the community the full facts, especially whethet the offender is a resident in A.H. or Chicago or some other high crime area and that they are coming into our town possibly with the intent to prey on the unsuspecting, peaceful community.
Rachel Glaser November 01, 2012 at 04:09 PM
We provide the information provided by the Arlington Heights Police Department. We do not add, change or omit descriptions provided to us. The description listed the information the police department made available to us.
wbpprint November 02, 2012 at 03:41 AM
As a journalist, is it not your responsibility to get all the facts? Most journalists are never satified with pat or canned answers. Ask for more details and if the police are not forthcoming, perhaps you need to state that. Half truths are as bad as lies and sometimes very dangerous. If there is a crime spree of sorts in our community, I think it is your responsibilty to report any and all facts.
Rachel Glaser November 02, 2012 at 03:57 AM
This is the police blotter.

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