Suspected burglar creeps through toddler's room, hovers over crib


by Drew Karedes / KHOU 11 News

Posted on April 21, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 21 at 10:22 AM

KATY, Texas -- A family is grateful their toddler was not hurt after a creepy break-in happened while everyone was sound asleep.

It happened April 5 around 5 a.m. at a home in Katy, Texas.

Police said the burglar slipped into the family’s home through an unlocked first-story window.

Surveillance cameras captured video of the man going from room to room -  it even appears the suspect is aware cameras were recording his every move but carried on anyway.

For five minutes, the stranger is seen walking in and out of the bedroom of the Le's 2-year-old son.  At one point, the intruder hovers over the boy’s crib and points a flashlight toward the sleeping child.

“I was infuriated when I saw him walking back and forth in my baby’s room. My stomach was turning,” father Thinh Le said. “He’s my world. I love him.”

Thinh Le and the child’s mother were in their bedroom on the first floor. They slept through everything.

The parents are still baffled as to why the criminal was drawn to the child’s room upstairs.

“My boy thought it was me so he went back to sleep. If he made noise or cried and I went upstairs, something else could happen,” Le said.

The burglar eventually left and burglarized another home in the same subdivision and entered the home the same way - through an unlocked window.

“I was sleeping. My dog started barking at the top of the stairs,” Crystal Cox said. “My boyfriend thought his bark sounded different so he flipped the light on.”

Cox’s boyfriend then shined a laser pointer downstairs. The intruder quickly escaped but abandoned some stolen belongings on Cox’s front lawn.

“My purse, my sister’s purse, my laptop bag and our neighbor’s laptop bag,” Cox said.

That second laptop bag belonged to Thinh Le. The suspect also stole $60 from his wallet.

His laptop was inside and so was his contact information. That’s how Cox got in touch with Le, and the two began piecing everything together.

Cox was floored when she saw Le’s surveillance video.

“He had no problem being in someone’s house, knowing that they were home sleep. That takes a lot of nerve,” Cox said.

Neighbors suspect this same intruder is responsible for a string of other burglaries in the community.

Christopher Gomez, 18, was arrested Thursday night on warrants issued for him in cases filed previously.

Investigators have evidence indicating Gomez burglarized two other homes, and charges are still pending.