MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – A Houston man was arrested after deputies said he tried to pawn items stolen from a Kingwood daycare.
According to the Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, Denton Rodriguez, 23, is charged with three counts of state jail felony burglary of a building.
Investigators said Rodriguez admitted targeting The Rocking Horse Daycare in on Kings Manor Drive in the Montgomery County part of Kingwood twice over the weekend, despite learning the business had an alarm system.
Sometime early Saturday, Rodriguez and another man kicked in the backdoor and entered the business, investigators said. The alarm activated and they immediately fled.
Law enforcement responded, along with the business owner, who secured the building.
Rodriguez later returned alone and made entry a different way, investigators said. The second time, he got lucky and his point of entry bypassed the alarm system.
Deputies said Rodriguez went to the kitchen where he ate food, tossed items around and used a cooking pot as a toilet.
Rodriguez said after spending a considerable amount of time in that area, he entered another area where he activated the alarm system’s motion detector. When the alarm began to sound, Rodriguez again fled, this time taking a laptop computer, a Wii game console, games and other accessories.
A MCSO deputy suspected Rodriguez committed the offense because of a similar incident he investigated at The Preserve Apartments in Kingwood.
In that case, someone broke into the 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.
Deputies provided the business owner with a photo of Rodriguez so he and his staff could watch for him around the business.
The daycare 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 it was 10 minutes or less before Rodriguez did just that. He called police and the daycare owner.
Around 2:30 p.m., deputies responded and found Rodriguez with the items stolen from the daycare, investigators said.
A second male had driven Rodriguez to the pawn shop, but he is cooperate with investigators and is not believed to be involved. He told deputies Rodriguez asked for a ride.
While they were together, Rodriguez went into the woods and retrieved the items he was attempting to pawn, investigators said.
The daycare owner returned to the pawn shop and identified the stolen items and Rodriguez admitted to both crimes.
His arrest is expected to clear other area burglaries.