February 22, 2012 - **NOTE TIME OF NEWS AVAILABILITY** Investigators in the Houston Police Department Burglary and Theft Division are asking for the public's assistance in identifying a suspect believed responsible for two home burglaries, 7314 Gracia on December 20, 2011, and 5315 Hialeah on January 31.
The suspect is described only as a white male with medium brown hair, in his late 20s to early 30s, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall. He was wearing glasses, a plaid jacket or shirt and had a silver ball piercing underneath his lip. The suspect identified himself as an electric company employee. A composite sketch of the suspect is attached to this release.
About 4 p.m. on December 20, the suspect knocked on the door of the residence on Gracia and stated he was with the electric company and needed to meet the victim, Mr. Teofil Klodzinski, in his back yard to show him where the electrical power lines were going to be re-routed and buried. Klodzinski was accompanied by his wife, both in their late 80s, to the backyard. The suspect then informed them what work would be done and then asked them to stay outside while he retrieved a part from his truck. The suspect did not return and the Klodzinskis went inside to find that several items, including jewelry, had been stolen from their house. Mr. Klodzinski was so upset that he suffered a fatal heart attack.
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on January 31, the same suspect knocked on the door at 5315 Hialeah, and a female resident answered. The suspect again stated he worked for the electric company and needed to show the woman where the lines were going to be re-routed in her backyard. The resident locked her front door and then followed the suspect around the corner to her backyard. The suspect led her to a far corner of her house and began explaining the same information repeatedly. The suspect then stated he needed to get flags from his truck to mark her yard and asked her to wait for him. After 15 minutes passed and the suspect had not returned, the woman walked inside her house and found that someone had burglarized her home, taken jewelry and other valuables and exited through the front door. It is believed the suspect was working with one or two other individuals because entry into the home was made through the back door while the woman was distracted outside.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect in the composite sketch is urged to contact the HPD Burglary and Theft Division at 713-308-0900 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
At 1:30 p.m. TODAY (Wednesday, Feb. 22), an investigator in the Burglary and Theft Division will be available to answer questions in these cases in the media briefing room on the first floor of HPD Headquarters at 1200 Travis.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.