Suspected burglar shot by Fort Worth homeowner has lengthy criminal history

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A suspected burglar shot multiple times by a Berkeley Place homeowner early Monday has a lengthy history of burglary and theft convictions, records show.

George Rodriguez Diaz, 58, remained hospitalized Tuesday at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. A hospital spokeswoman said she could not release his condition.

He faces a charge of burglary of a building, according to a police report.

Police have said that a homeowner shot Diaz multiple times after discovering him trying to break into his detached garage in the 2000 block of Hawthorne Avenue, which is in the Berkeley Place neighborhood in south Fort Worth.

The 48-year-old homeowner had been alerted to the burglary attempt after the burglar alarm went off about 4:40 a.m., police said.

Responding officers discovered a wounded Diaz after following a trail of blood from the residence.

The homeowner has not been arrested.

Sgt. Kelly Peel, a police spokesman, would not comment on whether investigators believe the shooting was justified but said detectives will consult with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office on the case.

Court records show that Diaz has eight convictions in Tarrant County dating to 1994 for burglary of buildings and vehicles, theft of property, and tampering with physical evidence.

He has been sentenced to stints in prison, state and county jail for the convictions.

The longest sentence Diaz received was eight years in prison for a 1994 conviction of burglary of a habitation. Most recently, he was sentenced to eight months in a state jail for stealing a bike last year, records show.

Police are investigating whether Diaz may have committed other burglaries in the area.

Police reports show that five burglaries have been reported on Hawthorne this year, including an April burglary at the same home where Monday’s shooting occurred.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655 Twitter: @deannaboyd

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