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Texas teen accused of burglary spree turned in by his father

May 1, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas teen accused of burglary spree turned in by his father

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Father turns in son following burglary spree

A Texas father was forced to make a hard decision when his teen son boasted about his burglary spree that included breaking into hundreds of vehicles, and even stealing a police officer’s weapon from a parked car.

The father ultimately decided to call 911.

On Tuesday, Theodis Daniel told KVUE that he never thought when his 18-year-old Cristian, who resides in Austin, said he had something to say to him over FaceTime, it would be to gloat about his crime spree.

“I said, ‘You broke into a policeman’s car?’ I said, Nah, I’ve had it with you,” the shocked father, who lives in Houston, said. He added that his son told him that he burglarized approximately 250 vehicles, targeting cars parked alongside running trails and in parking lots.

According to authorities, Theodis added that his son told him he broke into a police officer’s patrol car and took a black bag that had law enforcement-related equipment. The teen reportedly showed the items to his father, which included a Glock 43, ammunition, a reflective vest, and flashlight, and a Houston Police Department ticket book.

“He was making a joke, bragging about it. ‘Yeah, I broke into 250 cars last week,’ and I was like, ‘How in the hell did you do that?!’ ‘Oh, I just went after one after another,” Theodis added.

Police say Cristian Daniel, 18, confessed to his father about the burglaries

“I said, ‘Man you’ve got to stop. This is getting out of control,” the troubled father said, who also asked, “You gonna stop? And he wouldn’t answer me. So I stopped for him.”

Theodis, however, might have been more disappointed than shocked by his son’s behavior. On April 16th, he called the Austin police and reported his son, saying the teen was on a “burglary spree” and had a cache of firearms. He also told police that Cristian was on probation for shooting at someone and the teen continued to commit crimes after he was released from jail in January. He was concerned that his son would hurt someone or get hurt in the process.

The following day, officers apprehended Cristian at a residence in South Austin and also searched. They discovered several ammunition magazines and the Houston officer’s black bag and equipment.

Authorities said the officer was on vacation in Austin in March when his gun and other property were robbed from his vehicle.

An HPD spokesperson said officers might leave items including their department-issued guns, in their vehicles as long as they are reasonably secured. HPD since launched an internal probe to ascertain if the officer’s equipment was appropriately stored in the car at the time of the robbery.

Meanwhile, Austin authorities said Cristian has been a suspect in several robberies this year, along with credit card abuse.

“I love him, but he has to wake up from wherever he’s at,” Theodis said. “If he would have stayed out here doing what he was doing, he was going to die. He’s in Texas and Texans do not play with people stealing.”

Cristian Daniel is behind bars on $40,000 bond and has been charged with firearm theft, out of county felony, and unlawful possession of a weapon, Travis County Jail records indicate, which also reveal that police applied to revoke probation. His father has not assisted his son post bond, and the two have not yet spoken.

“I’d rather him be upset with me than me burying him because he was on a path to self-destruction,” Theodis continued, who believes he made the right choice in deciding to turn his son into police.

“I needed him to think about what direction he wanted to take. He can stay where he’s at or does he want to come out and be a productive, law-abiding citizen.”

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