Police: Pair steals wallets, cologne as they ‘shop through cars’

Men hired to clean gutters stole jewelry instead, police say

A man and woman accused of stealing from cars on Madison’s north side reportedly told police they had come to the city early Tuesday to “shop through cars.”

Madison police said a 36-year-old man was outside his home on the 2000 block of Northport Drive with his wife early at 12:13 a.m. to take out the trash when he spotted two people inside his parked car. The resident confronted them and chased them when they ran away. He caught the woman in the nearby fast food restaurant parking lot, according to the report.

Police said someone called to report a man was attacking a woman, but officers responding to the call learned the woman, 19-year-old Megan M. Frydenlund, was suspected of stealing from cars.

A short time later, police found the second suspect, 22-year-old Drew J. Kennan, walking in the area. He told police he and Frydenlund had come to Madison from Sauk City to “shop” in people’s cars.

Police said the pair had also been on Troy Drive and School Road searching through vehicles before they got to Northport Drive. Officers recovered numerous stolen items, including electronics, money, a backpack, a wallet and bottles of cologne.

Kennan and Frydenlund were both cited on suspicion of theft and unlawful trespass.