Thieves use doggy door to break into home


by KRIS BETTS / KVUE News and photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on January 29, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 11:21 PM

AUSTIN -- It’s meant to let her small dogs out, but in Marian Roberts’ case, her doggy door let someone else in.

"When I had the door installed, I didn’t think it was going to be an issue, but I was wrong," said Roberts.

On Jan. 7, Roberts’ friend came over and noticed something was wrong.

"The door was open. She shut it, thinking the wind blew it open, because the house shifts a little bit. And when she shut it, she realized the doggy door had been taken apart and kicked in," Roberts told KVUE.

It was the middle of the afternoon, and her friend quickly realized Roberts had been robbed.

Roberts said when police came to investigate, her first question was: How could someone fit through such a small space?

"I asked the officer, ‘I have a hard time trying to figure this out, do you think a child was involved? Because there’s no way an adult can go through,’ and he said, 'Yeah, that’s not uncommon,'" said Roberts.

It’s not the first time thieves have used doggy doors for entry.

Austin police detectives tell KVUE in 2013, there were 55 burglaries where they either confirmed or suspected the thief entered a home through a doggy door.

So far in 2014, there have been three doggy door burglaries in Austin.

Since her break-in, Roberts has put in a security system to detect when something or someone over a certain weight is inside, so her dogs can keep using the door intended only for them.