Police said that a home burglar linked to burglaries throughout the Chicagoland was arrested on Sunday in Lake Forest.
A Lake Forest police officer on patrol at 6 p.m. in the 100 block of Quail Drive saw a suspicious minivan parked with a man wearing sunglasses sitting inside it.
“Due to the recent string of residential burglaries in Lake Forest and neighboring communities, the officer approached the man and initiated a conversation,” the Lake Forest Police Department said.
Police officials said that while the officer was talking to the man a resident from a nearby home approached the officer. The resident said that they had just returned home and found someone had forced entry through a back door and burglarized their home.
Additional police officers and detectives were called to the scene. During the investigation, a large amount of stolen property was found inside the minivan, which linked the man to burglaries in Lake Forest, Highland Park, Skokie and DuPage County, authorities said.
Christian Lopez, 29, of Chicago, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of possession of stolen property and one count of obstruction of justice. Lopez also had a warrant for his arrest out of Cook County and further charges are pending, police said.