Photo: LATINO BLOTTER: Texas Father Burglarizes Home, Brings 3-Year-old Along
Father of the year, he is not. Bad dad, he is.
A Texas father drove to burglaries with his 3-year-old son in the car, according to police.
Bernard Cardenas is charged with five counts of burglary of a habitation and felony possession of a weapon, but he possibly faced a child endangerment charge after police discovered he committed at least one of the crimes while he left his toddler in his car.
The 34-year-old father is being called a “prolific burglar” by the Houston Police Department who suspect Cardenas has burglarized 14 homes in the area since July of 2011.
Cardenas was arrested on October 18 after patrol officers witnessed him kicking in a door. That was also when they discovered his son in the car. The boy was not harmed.
Police had been keeping an eye out for a black Acura with paper tags believed to be involved in burglaries from Oct. 9 and Oct. 12. Patrol officers spotted the vehicle and followed it into a residential driveway. As they watched, Cardenas knocked on the home’s door, looked through the window, and ultimately kicked in the door and entered the home.
After additional police units arrived, Cardenas was arrested as he exited the home.
When he was arrested, police also found he was in possession of a gun that had been reported stolen just days prior. Stolen property was also found in the vehicle with the children.
Cardenas is being held without bond at Harris County Jail.
Police say the son is very bright and told them his father had a gun with a laser light on. He also told them Cardenas stole laptops, televisions and “would kick in doors.”
The boy is now being cared for by grandmother and CPS is investigating.