Inside the Mind of a Thief: Allen Police Department Exclusive Interview

Serial Burglar Interview | Collin & Dallas County Crime PSA

For over 20 years Michael Shayne Durden burglarized hundreds of homes across Collin and Dallas County. He has spent his life learning how to break into homes to find and steal thousands of dollars worth of possessions. He was getting away with it until the Allen Police Department in cooperation with the Plano Police Department caught him. He is facing 20 to 30 years in jail.

In a jailhouse interview, Durden tells homeowners what they can do to protect themselves from thieves. He talks about:

  • Target Neighborhoods
  • Appearance of Home
  • Dogs
  • Alarm Systems
  • Neighborhood Watch Programs
  • Lighting,
    and more.

Sgt. Jon Felty of Allen Police Department, stated he wanted to do this interview for some time and was thankful for the opportunity to sit down with the 43-year-old Durden. Of the interview, he said, “Durden did a good public service.”

Even though the serial burglar is remorseful, and provided valuable information in the interview, Durden will not receive a reduced sentence. Felty stated that Durden was on parole when he was caught, which adds time to his sentence. The ankle bracelet worn by the parolee was set for a 7pm curfew. Durden used that opportunity to commit burglaries during daylight hours.

Since the interview was published, the Allen Police Department has received calls from police agencies all over the country asking to use the video for training and for local PSA distribution. The video has had over 38,000 views on YouTube.

Sharon Lewis
Planet Rockwall

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