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Special Report: Inside a Burglar's Mind

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Tyler (KYTX) -- We often tell you stories from people wronged by crime-- but we don't hear enough from those who commit them.

We talked to a former burglar we're calling "Krystal" to protect her identity.

"I was charged with burglary of a habitation," Krystal said. She once made a habit of breaking into homes.

"We looked for the homes that were more secluded, didn't have close neighbors. We'd spend 3 or 4 days in the area just seeing schedules," Krystal said.

Krystal tells us she never traveled alone, and usually had at least 2 others with her.

"People worry about things at night, and what they should really worry about is during the day," Krystal said.

A normal raid went something like kicking open the victim's front door, rummaging through drawers and cabinets, then taking off with loot. 

"Things like a diamond pendant, lots of prescription drugs, and cash" Krystal said.

She said wealthier homes were not the primary target for their crew. Those had alarm systems and were in neighborhoods, which had more eyes.

"You don't care if you get caught, you just care about drugs," Krystal said.

We also spoke to a home burglary victim who did live in a secluded area, and no home alarm.

"They had totally destroyed the back door. I found the house had just been ransacked, furniture upside down," Patricia Nation said.

Nation never believed it could happen to her and says she lost something priceless, her sense of security.

"The idea that somebody feels that they can walk into your house uninvited, and just pick up and take what they want to take. I don't understand that," Nation said.

The Nations have since bought an alarm system.

Krystal told us an interesting deterrent for criminals: if the homeowner clearly owned a gun or looked like a hunter, or if a big dog was on the property.

She recommends everyone invest in a secure lock box.

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