A suspected serial burglar has been arrested and charged after police say they found him trying to break into a house, while his 3-year-old son sat waiting for his dad in his car out front.
Police say they believe Bernard Cardenas, 34, is responsible for more than a dozen burglaries in the east Houston area since July 2011.
Cardenas is charged with five counts of burglary of a habitation and felon in possession of a weapon in the 182nd State District Court.
Here's what police had to say:
On October 18, Eastside Patrol Division officers were on routine patrol in their assigned area and looking for a black Acura with paper tags, believed involved in burglaries that occurred on Oct. 8 and Oct. 12. Officers located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect's vehicle in the area of Meadow Creek Village. Officers followed the vehicle and eventually saw the vehicle back into a driveway of a residence in the 5400 block of Shady Creek. The driver (Cardenas) then got out of the vehicle, knocked on the door of the residence and looked through the winowds. Additional patrol units responded ot the scene, set up a perimeter near the house and waited for Cardenas to enter the residence.
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After several minutes, Cardenas kicked in the front door of the residence and entered. Responding patrol units then quickly moved in and blocked the suspect's vehicle in the driveway and surrounded the residence. As Cardenas exited the residence, he was met by uniformed patrol officers and taken into custody without incident. Officers recovered a pistol in Cardenas' possession, later determined to have been stolen in a home burglary several days before in Harris County. Officers also recovered stolen property inside the vehicle from other burglaries committed earlier in the day, as well as other stolen items from Cardenas' apartment in Pasadena. Cardenas' three-year-old son was also in the vehicle. He was not harmed.
Investigators said Cardenas admitted to his involvement in the burglaries. He remains in custody.
Cardenas is believed responsible for burglaries at the following locations:
1000 Ogilvie on July 11, 2011 4900 Falvey on November 24, 2011 4000 Marlborough on June 5, 2012 5100 Vinett on July 2, 2012 1300 Loper on July 16, 2012 300 Axilda on August 20, 2012 1300 Axilda on August 29, 2012 5500 Shamrock on September 7, 2012 1100 Oak Meadows on September 12, 2012 800 Loper on October 4, 2012 500 Maroby on October 5, 2012 2000 Sieber on October 8, 2012 600 Gober on October 12, 2012 5400 North Shady Creek on October 18, 2012