FOX 31 sat down with a Dougherty County Jail inmate to discuss what goes through his mind as he TMs picking which home or business he TMs going to break into and what goes through his head as he TMs in the home.
We TMre concealing the inmate TMs identity; however he TMs served time in jail and federal prison over the last 12 years on various charges including burglary.
He says he TMs tried to make money the legal way, but with a drug habit, no job could provide the type of cash needed to fund his habit. It TMs just easier to go in someone TMs house and break in their house and take it than it is riding around all night trying to pick up scraps and recycle them. I TMve gone up to front doors and I be like ~ma'am can I mow your yard or can I do something TM and they be like ~no we don't do that we don't need your help, we don TMt need none of that TM. And then they go and spend all kinds of money so I felt like you know they don TMt want to help me so why not take their stuff? he says.
Whether busting out a window or kicking in a door, once inside a home or business he says money was the one thing on his mind. I TMm looking for computers, TV TMs, jewelry...just anything you think you can carry out cause most people that do this type of stuff they're walking around - they're not driving. They TMre just walking through neighborhoods and whatever they see they just do he says.
When it comes to picking a location " he says security signs or camera TMs don TMt matter. I can go in, get out before the police are near the neighborhood and boom " I TMm gone with your stuff. Even when I was high I knew to hide my face so cameras don TMt matter he says. Affluent neighborhoods were particularly interesting to him because he says he got away with a lot. I was walkin TM down the road with this man TMs TV on my head, just walkin TM down the road with it in the middle of the neighborhood. People lookin TM at me and everything and they're not even thinkin TM nothin TM they're just lookin TM at me like it TMs me and my TV, but they're not thinkin ~why is this man walkin TM down the road with a TV on his shoulder walkin TM down the road and I TMve never seen him before? He TMs got tattoos all over him, I know he doesn TMt belong here but they ain TMt thinkin TM about that. They ain TMt calling the police " it TMs just something that nobody thinks of he says. When people don TMt call the cops on him he says that neighborhood becomes a target and gives the intruder a sense of power because they got away with a crime.
The inmate told FOX 31 that most people don TMt pay attention to their neighbors let alone look out for them so the one thing that would make him pass by a house is an active neighborhood watch. If you had people that sat out on their front porch all day or someone that was gettin TM paid to do something like that then that might deter people from coming down the street. Because if they see people sitting there all the time looking at them then they're not going to do anything because they know the police are gonna get called on them and sometimes that might help ~em that might prevent ~em, they might get scared and might not never do it again. I know I didn TMt.
He says he regrets a lot of things he TMs done in his life. I TMve done a lot of wrong and even though I was high and it was to fund a drug habit " wrong is wrong. You shouldn TMt steal and that TMs wrong in any kind of way - you shouldn TMt think like that but once you've been out there doin it for a long time that TMs the stuff you think of. My wife is locked up because of me. I know now that there are places I could have gone to get a job. Any job is better than being in jail or prison. I could TMve been my own businessman, but I was on that stuff and took the easy route. It didn TMt always feel good takin people TMs stuff, but I did what I thought I had to do.
After leaving the Dougherty County Jail, the inmate will serve time in prison on burglary charges. He says he TMs had enough and is making an honest effort to change his life. He wants anyone thinking about stealing to know that eventually you will get caught, and all homeowners to know that if you don TMt look out for your neighbors " you all become sitting targets.