A Burglary is one of the possible Plots in a game of Covert Action. In-game it is referred to as a "Photography" Plot, which is a little too ambiguous for Wiki purposes (hence the name change). The Burglary is the single rarest Plot, appearing in only one Mission Set. It is relatively simple in structure, featuring only a handful of Participants, two of whom are only Couriers. Furthermore, most of the principle participants must perform quite a few actions before they can go into hiding, making them easier to catch.
In a Burglary scenario, 6 participants attempt to acquire photographs of important documents being kept in a secure location. This is performed loosely in four general steps:
The plot begins with an Organizer getting in touch with some of the other participants.
In the next step, several Minor Crimes are performed to acquire the necessary items and information. An Alarm Specialist constructs an Alarm Bypass, while an Inside Contact acquires blueprints of the target location. Items are delivered either directly or via Courier to a Burglar.
In the third step, the Burglar commits the Primary Crime by breaking into the target location and taking photographs of the target documents.
In the final step, the photographs taken during the crime are delivered to the Mastermind by a second Courier.
Note: There are two different Participants in this plot whose role in-game is "Courier". This wiki refers to them as "Courier #1" and "Courier #2", based on the sequence in which they operate. The game makes no such distinction.
The following actions are performed by the participants in the plot. The order in which these actions will occur is not strict, and may change slightly depending on random factors, as well as in reaction to Max Remington's actions.
During this stage, the Minor Agents perform Minor Crimes to acquire the necessary items for this plot. Both items are delivered to the Major Agent, one of these by Courier. An Organizer also meets with the Major Agent to deliver an item.
"Here is a SmartMatic spy camera. Your orders are to photograph <Target Documents> which are hidden in the <Target Facility>. We are working to provide you with blueprints and an alarm bypass box."
Note: This is not a true Handoff, because the Camera does not exist before this meeting occurs. It will appear suddenly in the Burglar's possession immediately after the meeting.As an interesting side-effect, if the Camera is ever confiscated, the Burglar will simply reacquire it on his own - even if the Organizer has already been taken out of the plot.
The Inside Contact sends a message to the Alarm Specialist.
"The <Target Facility> has a new motion-sensitive LockTronic alarm system which guards all entrances. I think an ultra-high-frequency beam might disable it."
"Bulletin: (INTERPOL NewsNet) A set of floor-plan blueprints were reported missing this morning from the <Target Facility> in <Inside Contact's location>. Local authorities are baffled as to the motives for this crime."
"Bulletin: (INTERPOL ComIntercept) Someone within the <Alarm Specialist's organization> has acquired some unusual electronic components. It appears some sort of alarm-disabling mechanism is being built."
The Alarm Specialistvisits the Courier #1 and delivers the Alarm Bypass.
"This high-frequency beam I built should disable the alarm system at the <Target Facility>. Deliver it to the action team."
"Bulletin: (INTERPOL NewsNet) A professional team of broke into the <Target Facility> in the city of <Burglar's location>. Initial reports indicate no items were removed. Local authorities are baffled as to the motives for this crime."
No participants complete their missions at this stage.