Houston Police Department
HPD Eastside Officers Take Down Serial Burglary Suspect

October 31, 2012 - Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested and believed responsible for more than one dozen home burglaries in the east Houston area since July 2011.

The suspect, Bernard Cardenas (H/m, DOB: 10-9-78), is charged with five counts of burglary of a habitation and felon in possession of a weapon in the 182nd State District Court. A photo of Cardenas is attached to this news release.

Suspect Bernard Cardenas

Cardenas is believed responsible for burglaries at the following locations:
  • 1000 Ogilvie on July 11, 2011
  • 4900 Falvey on November 24, 2011
  • 4000 Marlborough on June 5, 2012
  • 5100 Vinett on July 2, 2012
  • 1300 Loper on July 16, 2012
  • 300 Axilda on August 20, 2012
  • 1300 Axilda on August 29, 2012
  • 5500 Shamrock on September 7, 2012
  • 1100 Oak Meadows on September 12, 2012
  • 800 Loper on October 4, 2012
  • 500 Maroby on October 5, 2012
  • 2000 Sieber on October 8, 2012
  • 600 Gober on October 12, 2012
  • 5400 North Shady Creek on October 18, 2012

On October 18, Eastside Patrol Division officers were on routine patrol in their assigned area and looking for a black Acura with paper tags, believed involved in burglaries that occurred on Oct. 8 and Oct. 12. Officers located a vehicle matching the description of the suspect's vehicle in the area of Meadow Creek Village. Officers followed the vehicle and eventually saw the vehicle back into a driveway of a residence in the 5400 block of Shady Creek. The driver (Cardenas) then got out of the vehicle, knocked on the door of the residence and looked through the winowds. Additional patrol units responded ot the scene, set up a perimeter near the house and waited for Cardenas to enter the residence.

After several minutes, Cardenas kicked in the front door of the residence and entered. Responding patrol units then quickly moved in and blocked the suspect's vehicle in the driveway and surrounded the residence. As Cardenas exited the residence, he was met by uniformed patrol officers and taken into custody without incident. Officers recovered a pistol in Cardenas' possession, later determined to have been stolen in a home burglary several days before in Harris County. Officers also recovered stolen property inside the vehicle from other burglaries committed earlier in the day, as well as other stolen items from Cardenas' apartment in Pasadena. Cardenas' three-year-old son was also in the vehicle. He was not harmed.

Cardenas admitted to his involvment in the burglaries and he remains in custody.

VHS/JFC/RMM 10-31-12

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.