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DuPage woman faces identity theft, burglary from vehicle charges

Michelle Janousek
Michelle Janousek

A DuPage County woman with a history of vehicle burglary and drug charges was arrested Feb. 12 by DuPage County Sheriff’s Deputies and accused or recent car burglaries.

Michelle Janousek, 38, of 1S288 Danby Lane, in unincorporated DuPage County near Villa Park, is being held on $15,000 bond following a Feb. 13 hearing. Janousek is charged with burglary to motor vehicle and four counts of identity theft, according to a DuPage County Sheriff’s Office news release.

“Vehicle thefts and burglaries have become a priority to the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Crystal Mendez and Detective Phillip Marotta did great work scoring our first arrest through our new anti-burglary initiative,” said DuPage County Sheriff James Mendrick. “We are developing new methodologies to catch these criminals, so I am expecting to see more arrests.”

Just before 8 a.m. on Jan. 28, deputies were called to the Brandywine subdivision, in unincorporated DuPage County near Villa Park, to investigate the alleged burglaries of two BMWs. One of the cars had personal property stolen, including a Visa debit card, which was subsequently used at a local convenience store and gas station, the release stated.

The clerk at the gas station was able to provide a description of Janousek, who is known by deputies to have previously committed burglaries to motor vehicles. The clerk also picked Janousek out from a photo line-up, according to the release.

During the investigation Janousek confessed to burglarizing the two vehicles and using the debit card at the gas station, the release stated.

“In recent weeks we have seen a significant increase in car burglaries,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release.“There are several steps you can take to minimize your chances of becoming a victim of car burglary. Since a majority of car thefts are from unlocked cars, when you leave your car, be sure to lock your doors and close all the windows, including sunroofs. Additionally, do not leave valuables in your car and if you must, put valuables in the trunk and out of sight. Also, park in well lit, busy areas and avoid parking next to larger vehicles, fences or foliage that may provide cover to would-be thieves."

Janousek’s next court date is scheduled for Feb. 19.