Father Says He Did His 'Duty' After Discovering Son Was Breaking Into Cars

A father discovered his son's string of burglaries and gun thefts in Houston.

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.

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Jeve
Jeve

You are a good father

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

This father should be commended for doing this. No father wants anything bad to happen to their kids and with him bragging about them it was just a matter of time. Now, he needs to see his son through the justice system and make sure he accepts his punishment like a man.

CowGurlUP
CowGurlUP

It’s called tough love! A true father this Man is! You did the right thing Sir!

b1rd
b1rd

And he has a Kitty Hawk hat too. LOVE THIS GUY !!!

LaneysSis
LaneysSis

Well done Sir.

LEO0301
LEO0301

This is what a real man looks like. Well done, sir!

John-Brown
John-Brown

Compare this to the POS that was killed in his grandparents backyard. His family knew he was a criminal, but did nothing. If only they had acted as this father did in turning in his POS son, their son/grandson would still be alive.

MarilynSnIL
MarilynSnIL

AMEN. This man is a TRUE FATHER.

Ryan41204
Ryan41204

The courage you showed by doing the right thing! God Bless You!

FrogHill
FrogHill

A huge Bravo Zulu to you Mr. Daniel

Snowdog
Snowdog

Sounds like the father dropped the ball for 18 years if it has come to this.

McFarlane
McFarlane

BS. I was a cop for 40 years. My daughters got away with nothing. Both turned out to be productive citizens yet the youngest went "off track" at the age of 30. I had her arrested each and every time, starting with her first minor infraction at the age of 21, which got her back "on track" till age 30. Eating disorder, with the added alcoholism, 6 years of hell but going so far as to testify against her in court, she is back on track.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

If more fathers acted like this, imagine how many fewer school shootings would happen.

Good job dad.

PRMath331
PRMath331

God bless you, Mr Daniel 🙏🏼

rightazz
rightazz

A very hard thing to do .I am sure the day will come the son will thank his father and become a good man himself.

EMarie
EMarie

Well done Dad! The Brown's should take notice.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Some day, hopefully soon, your Son will thank you for doing what you did. Thank you....You possibly saved someones life from being shot.

John-Brown
John-Brown

He's a negro. Negroes don't do school shootings, remember? But I agree, good job dad.

Nai
Nai

My son is in the Navy and had missed the first 3 years of his son's life while providing support for his son. He is doing the right thing for his son and it is up to the Mother and her boyfriend to raise him day to day and teach him right from wrong. Don't throw stones until you know the story.

Suz
Suz

We really don’t know what happened during that time. Good grief! Give the dad MAJOR kudos for turning his son in which I am quite sure it was not an easy thing to do.

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Suz
Suz

I am quite sure it was not an easy thing to do.

DJO
DJO

I agree totally with you, sir! My spouse was a police officer for 35 years before retiring. Both of us were raised to be accountable for one's actions and we raised our sons with that standard as well. Practicing that hasn't always been easy but its too important a lesson not to drill into your children's head. I'm an attorney and both of us have seen plenty of cases of children who were raised right by their parents and go off the rails as adults. I commend this father for the hard but correct action he had to take. I can only pray that some day his son realizes what an act of love this was.

1hotkujo
1hotkujo

You are so right ! . . . I have started saying at a certain point, "It's not 'if' this is the last mass shooting . . . it's waiting for the next one". You are correct, I have a son and daughter, I'd turn them in in a heartbeat.

3dogs
3dogs

We raised 3 children , our youngest was a boy. He was of age & out of high school when he got into drugs . We tried everything in the e
ND he went through detox 13 times , a few included a short rehab . During this time he stole his dad's rifle , well we had him arrested , one of the hardest things as a mom was to set him up with the police , but I did it ! He is clean almost 10 years has a wife & family , a Union Crane operater ! They say a hard core heroin users have virtually no chance of recovery ! So thankful my son has beaten the odds ! It took hard work on his behalf and ours , but with God help he made it ! Sometimes some jail times helps ! He had it tough also since his uncle was the Captain of his shift at the county jail , had to be sure not to show any leniency in his position ! lol ,all worked out and he is very close to his Dad & I .

DaytenMGriffin
DaytenMGriffin

Glad to see the father, a veteran, did the right thing no matter how hard it must have been to turn in his son to the authorities.