Oak Park police arrest Chicago woman for vehicle burglaries

Wendy Thompson, 42, of Chicago, was arrested by Oak Park police on July 6 and charged with two counts of felony burglary, three counts of felony theft and one count of misdemeanor theft. | Oak Park police
Wendy Thompson, 42, of Chicago, was arrested by Oak Park police on July 6 and charged with two counts of felony burglary, three counts of felony theft and one count of misdemeanor theft. | Oak Park police

Oak Park police have arrested a Chicago woman who allegedly went on an early morning spree burglarizing multiple vehicles Sunday.

Wendy Thompson, of the 4200 block of West Gladys Avenue, was arrested by police at about 3:45 a.m. and charged with two counts of felony burglary, three counts of felony theft and one count of misdemeanor theft.

Responding to a call of a suspicious person trying to open car doors on the 1000 block of Washington Boulevard, police found and questioned Thompson, 42, who was carrying a backpack filled with cellphones, sunglasses, flashlights and a GPS device, police said.

“Basically, things you find in cars,” said Detective Sgt. Michael Lepczynski.

Thompson was also carrying cash and insurance documents for a vehicle that was not in her name, police said.

Investigators eventually traced the items back to six area victims, who identified the stolen goods, police said.

Lepczynski called the arrest “not exotic, but a good one.”

Police are currently looking into possible connections between the suspect and other recent burglaries in Oak Park, he said.

Thompson is scheduled to appear before a judge at the Maybrook Courthouse on Friday.

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