HOUSTON - A Houston man is facing charges in connection with a bizarre day care burglary.
Precinct 4 deputy constables say Denton Rodriguez, 23, admitted to targeting the Rocking Horse Daycare on Kings Manor Drive in Montgomery County.
According to investigators, Rodriguez and another man kicked in the backdoor of the day care early Saturday but left immediately when the alarm activated.
Rodriguez says he returned alone later in the day and entered through a different point of the building, bypassing the alarm system.
Deputy constables say Rodriguez then went to the kitchen where he ate food, tossed items around and used a cooking pot as a toilet.
After spending time in that area, Rodriguez entered another area where he activated the alarm system's motion detector.
When the alarm began to sound, Rodriguez again fled, but not before taking a laptop computer, a Wii game console, games and other accessories.
A Montgomery County Sheriff's deputy heard about the crime at the day care and alerted the Precinct 4 Constable's Office of a similar incident that he investigated at an apartment complex in Kingwood.
In that case, someone broke into the complex's office and took food, perfume and money from a donations box for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Witnesses reported seeing Rodriguez nearby carrying a perfume bottle and an oven mitt containing money he was counting.
Constables then provided the day care owner with a photo of Rodriguez.
The day care owner took the photo to the Redi Cash Pawn Shop on Loop 494 in Porter, where he showed the owner and asked him to call police if Rodriguez came in with the stolen items.
The pawn shop owner said Rodriguez showed up just minutes later.
Constables were called and found Rodriguez with the items stolen from the day care, investigators said.
Constables say Rodriguez admitted to stealing from both the day care and the donations box.
His arrest is also expected to clear other recent burglaries in the Kingwood area, officials say.
He is charged with three counts of state jail felony burglary of a building.
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