At 2:30 a.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019, the Wheaton Police Department arrested Kathleen Lewandowski, 24, of Wheaton, and Madeline Clifford, 25, of Wheaton, for numerous burglaries and thefts throughout Wheaton. An extensive investigation including physical surveillance of Lewandowski and Clifford revealed the two attempting and committing numerous burglaries of vehicles and homes in Wheaton just prior to their arrests.
Lewandowski is charged with residential burglary of a home in the area of the 100 block of Hawkins Circle and several burglaries to motor vehicles in the 600 and 700 blocks of unincorporated White Birch Lane in Wheaton. Clifford is charged with several burglaries to motor vehicles in the 600 and 700 blocks of unincorporated White Birch Lane in Wheaton and the theft of a donation box for the Children's Miracle Network from a Circle K convenience store. Both Lewandowski and Clifford were transported to the DuPage County Jail to await bond court.
25 years old
769 Casa Solana Drive
Wheaton, IL 60187
24 years old
1 Hawkins Circle
Wheaton, IL 60187
"Lewandowski and Clifford were identified as possible burglary suspects by one of our officers through tenacity and proactive policing,” stated Wheaton Police Chief Bill Murphy. “Our detectives picked up the case and made it a priority by surveilling the suspects into the early morning hours and catching them in the act. Outstanding service to the community was performed by all involved by bringing their crime spree to an end."
Since the beginning of the year, the Wheaton Police Department has taken 21 reports of burglaries to motor vehicle and 10 reports of residential burglaries. The Wheaton Police Department reminds residents not to leave valuables in your vehicles, and be sure to secure your vehicles and homes. Report suspicious people and vehicles to the Wheaton Police Department by calling 9-1-1.
Notice to Public: The public is reminded that a complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. Constitutionally, a defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.