Father Says He Did His 'Duty' After Discovering Son Was Breaking Into Cars
Houston, TX – A disappointed father said it was his duty to call the police after his son confessed to breaking into hundreds of cars, and stealing a Houston police officer’s gear.
Theodis Daniel called 911 on April 16 and told police that his 18-year-old son was on a burglary spree and had stolen several guns, according to KEYE-TV.
He explained that his son, Cristian Daniel, had called him on FaceTime to brag about some of the items he’d stolen, including gear from a Houston police officer.
“Dad, look what I got,” his father told police he’d said.
His father said that through the phone, he saw a neon-reflective vest, a long black flashlight, a Houston Police Department citation book, and a handgun with a box of ammunition.
He told police that Cristian Daniel had gotten out of jail in January and since committed the string of crimes. Cristian was on probation, his father said.
Theodis Daniel also told police that his son had bragged about his string of vehicular break-ins committed by breaking car windows with a tool. He told his father he targeted cars left in parking lots, KEYE reported.
He told officers his son had showed him five or six different handguns and was treating the police officer’s stolen items like a trophy.
The father said he called police because he was concerned for his son’s safety, as well as those from whom his son was stealing.
"Pretty hard for me to do," Theodis Daniel told KEYE.
"This is Texas,” he explained. “If you break into someone's car, they will handle you. I didn't need someone shooting my son. I didn't need my son shooting him, or going on a high speed chase killing himself or other people. He was compromising people's safety and his own."
Theodis Daniel said it was his duty as a veteran to turn his son in to authorities, KEYE reported.
Cristian Daniel was arrested and held on a $20,000 bond.