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Man sentenced to probation for burglary of Monroe home
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MONROE - A Monroe man was sentenced to four years on probation for the burglary of a Monroe home last summer that still haunts the victim "every day."

Tyler Patrick McCabe, 29, pleaded no contest Feb. 21 to the Class E felony charge of burglary, with a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Conditions of his probation include undergoing treatment for alcohol and drug abuse, in addition to any other treatment and counseling his agent deems appropriate.

The case stems from a home burglary July 5 in the 1500 block of 7th Street, according to court records.

A resident in the home called 911 at 2:49 a.m. after being awakened by a scratching noise he thought was an animal outside. He then heard someone walking around in the house and when he opened the bedroom door, he saw a white male holding a smartphone with the flashlight function lit up. Both men were startled, and the burglar immediately left.

The resident "stood in his doorway frozen for a couple of minutes contemplating what to do and asking himself what just happened," according to a police report. "(He) thought he was dreaming and when he realized he wasn't, he decided to call 911."

An investigation showed the burglar had cut slits in a window screen and climbed into the home. Nothing was stolen. DNA evidence at the scene matched to McCabe.

Security surveillance footage showed McCabe was inside the home for 53 seconds.

In a written statement to the court, the resident wrote that, "After seeing the footage I feel I was targeted. This is something that I think of and am aware of every day."

"This person broke into my house using a sharp object which could have been used as a weapon," the resident wrote, adding that "I don't believe probation fits the crime!"

McCabe turned himself in within a week after the case was filed in December. Court records show he has an extensive history of criminal convictions in Green County, including heroin and cocaine possession, forgery, theft and driving under the influence.