Irvine Woman Arrested for Burglary and Possession of Stolen Goods from Neighbor's Apartment

Irvine Woman Arrested for Burglary and Possession of Stolen Goods from Neighbor's ApartmentSource: Facebook/Irvine Police Department
Juliette Kessler
Published on December 08, 2023

A not-so-neighborly incident in Irvine has led to the arrest of a 43-year-old woman after she reportedly made herself at home in another resident's apartment and helped herself to their belongings. According to the Irvine Police Department's Facebook page, officers apprehended Wendy Wilkinson on charges of burglary and possession of stolen property.

Fresh from vacation, the bewildered resident came home last Friday only to discover her apartment had been plundered. Tucked away in her closet, amidst the chaos, was a woman caught clutching kitchen utensils. Despite fleeing the scene and leaving her house slippers behind, the suspect's quick exit was not swift enough to avoid a chase by the victim.

The chase may have been in vain, but the items taken included a TV, credit cards, purses, and sunglasses, among others. With an apparent misuse of the stolen credit cards for unauthorized purchases, the pilfering almost turned into a shopping spree at the rightful owner's expense.

Authorities quickly linked the crime to the neighbor after due diligence and procured a search warrant, leading to the discovery of the stolen goods in Wilkinson's abode and storage unit. All of the victim's property was eventually recovered.