Burglars use doggy-door to break into Spokane house

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

NWCN.com

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 19 at 12:15 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Police issued a new warning for local homeowners with doggy doors. Officers said they are responding to more crimes where thieves are using doggy doors to access houses.

The most recent doggy door break-in happened in North Spokane. A couple said that a thief busted through their steel doggy door to get inside their house.

“They got my really nice camera, a laptop, tons of antique jewelry that was all 100 plus years old,” said the homeowner.

Police calculated that the thieves got away with $7,000 worth of items.

The homeowners told KREM 2 News that the thief put his hand through the door and unlocked the main door.

“I felt really safe here. We're on a corner lot with really high visibility and honestly, I just have never been concerned about someone breaking in,” she added.

Spokane police described doggy doors as welcome mat for crooks if the doors are not secured properly.

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