FRESNO, CA (KMPH/CNN) – A family is taking precautions after their home was broken into by a burglar who crawled through a doggy door.
"It really kind of creeps you out for awhile and still does," said Betty White, who has lived in her home for 40 years.
She says there hasn't been a problem for decades.
"As far as crime is concerned, it's quiet," Betty Wright said.
But that changed when police say a man broke into the home Wright shares with her daughter in the middle of the night.
"Even though you hear about it happening all the time and the idea that someone would come into your house while you're there and sleeping and thought you were sleeping, that's just unreal," Dana Wright said.
Betty Wright says the thief broke in by jumping over her fence, going into the garage and crawling through the doggy door.
"I had a decorative gun holster and belt on the wall with a toy gun in it and they grabbed that," Betty Wright said. "I'm sure they thought it was real."
Police say the thief stole a car, wallet and purse. Officers add that an ATM card from the burglary was used less than an hour later, but no one knows how the thief got the PIN.
"I've never given my pin to anybody," Dana Wright said. "Not my mother, not my sister, none of my friends, no one so that's the only thing I can think of."
Since the break-in, the Wrights have taken precautions to make sure no one ever gets into their house again. They've put up a surveillance system, added lights, put in an alarm and they've done one more thing.
"Now our main protection is a 38-revolver with hollow points," Betty Wright said. "They can come back if they want."
If the burglar does come back, Dana Wright is ready. She just took a shooting class and she's pretty good.
"I feel safer that we have it and that I know how to use it and have actually used it," Dana Wright said.
The Wrights say there were only a few things stolen out of their car, which was found only three miles away from the house with a full tank of gas.
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