Sleeping burglar found in north Houston home

February 12, 2013 9:32:23 AM PST
The search is on for a burglar who hit three homes in north Houston, treating one of them like a hotel. He helped himself to something to eat and then took a nap.

Police say the burglar was scared off by a woman who came home while he was apparently napping inside her house.

Police are urging homeowners in the immediate area around Fulton and Dippings to be on high alert. Officers say they have a burglary suspect apparently roaming the neighborhood, looking for any opportunity to break into homes -- an open window, an unlocked door.

By early Tuesday morning, he had already hit three homes. At the second house the suspect decided to take a load off. He took off his boots and made himself at home. He ate a snack and even laid down to take a nap in a child's bedroom!

When the homeowner came home to find that stranger in her son's bed, she panicked, and then called 911. In the meantime, the suspect made his way to a third house where, to his surprise, the owner was home and came face to face with him.

"I didn't say anything to him. I just started shooting at him," said Benny Demarco. "We'd already talked all we was gonna talk in the garage, when he told me he didn't want me to shoot him."

Demarco fired gun three times. Police say they don't think the suspect was hit. He took off on foot and is still at large. There's no clear description of the suspect available, but police caution residents in the area to be on the lookout.

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