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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.

General Plot OverviewEdit

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.

Mission SetsEdit

The Burglary plot is the rarest plot in the game, appearing in only one Mission Set - the Trade Show Strike. It will always be one of the two first missions in this set.

ParticipantsEdit

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.

Role Role Arch. Actions
Organizer Organizer Begins the plot by contacting the Alarm Specialist and Inside Contact to explain their tasks.

Provides the Item Camera Small Camera to the Burglar.

Awaits confirmation that the mission was a success.
Inside Contact Inside Contact Contacts the Alarm Specialist to let him know what kind of alarm is protecting the target.

Acquires some Item Blueprints Small Floor Plan Blueprints of the target.
Alarm Specialist Minor Agent Purchases parts and constructs an Item Electronics Small Alarm Bypass suited to the exact kind of alarm protecting the target item.
Courier #1 Courier Delivers the Alarm Bypass to the Burglar.
Thief Major Agent Silently breaks into the target location and takes Item Documents Small Photographs of sensitive documents.
Courier #2 Courier Delivers the Photographs to the Mastermind.
Mastermind Mastermind Waits to receive the Photographs item at the end of the plot.

ItemsEdit

During a Burglary plot, four items are created and will move between participants as the plot dictates:

Icon Item Name Sequence of Events
Item Blueprints Blueprints Acquired by the Inside Contact in a Minor Crime during the second part of the plot.

Delivered to the Burglar sometimes afterwards.

The Burglar "loses" this Item during the Primary Crime.
|Item Electronics Alarm Bypass Acquired by the Alarm Specialist in a Minor Crime during the second part of the plot.

Delivered by Courier #1 to the Burlgar sometime afterwards.

The Burglar "loses" this Item during the Primary Crime.
Item Camera Camera Appears in the Burglar's possession immediately after a Meeting with the Organizer.

The Burglar retains this item after the Primary Crime, and will try to go into hiding with it.
Item Documents Photographs Acquired by the Burglar during the Primary Crime.

Delivered by Courier #2 to the Mastermind, who will take this item with him into hiding.

Plot OutlineEdit

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.

ActivationEdit

During this stage, the Organizer activates an Inside Contact and a Minor Agent.

Message Traffic The Organizer sends a message to the Alarm Specialist.
 
"We need you to build an alarm bypass box for our current operation. A courier is standing by to deliver the box."
Message Traffic The Organizer sends a message to the Inside Contact.
 
"You are to acquire the floor-plan blueprints of the <Target Facility> needed for our operation. Deliver them to our special operative."

During this stage, no participants have completed their mission yet. This is one of the only plots where all participants have something to do in later steps.

AcquisitionsEdit

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.

Meeting The Organizer visits the Burglar and delivers the Item Camera Small Camera.
 
"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 Item Camera Small 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 Item Camera Small 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.

Message Traffic 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."
Minor Crime The Inside Contact acquires the Item Blueprints Small Blueprints
 
"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."
Meeting The Inside Contact visits the Burglar and delivers the Item Blueprints Small Blueprints.
 
"Here are the blueprints for <Target Facility>. There appears to be at least one unguarded entry point. However, there is a sophisticated alarm system."
Minor Crime The Alarm Specialist acquires the Item Electronics Small Alarm Bypass.
 
"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."
Meeting The Alarm Specialist visits the Courier #1 and delivers the Item Electronics Small Alarm Bypass.
 
"This high-frequency beam I built should disable the alarm system at the <Target Facility>. Deliver it to the action team."
Meeting The Courier #1 visits the Burglar and delivers the Item Electronics Small Alarm Bypass.
 
"Here is the high-frequency beam designed to get into the <target location>. That looks like a SmartMatic camera you have there."

By this point, the Inside Contact, Alarm Specialist and Courier #1 have fulfilled their mission and will go into hiding if not arrested or turned.

ExecutionEdit

Primary Crime The Burglar breaks into the target location and photographs the documents, acquiring the Item Documents Small Photographs.
 
"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.

ResolutionEdit

In this stage, the Photographs are delivered to the Mastermind by Courier. Also, the Organizer is contacted to let him know the mission was successful. This is the first time Courier #2 is contacted.

Message Traffic The Burglar sends a message to the Organizer.
 
"Photographs of the <Target Documents> you requested have been taken. Forwarding them to the Mastermind via Courier."
Meeting The Burglar visits the Courier #2 and delivers the Item Documents Small Photographs.
 
"Our operation went off like clockwork. These photographs of the <Target Facility> are to be delivered to the Mastermind."
Meeting The Courier #2 visits the Mastermind and delivers the Item Documents Small Photographs.
 
"Dear Mastermind. Here are the photographs of the <Target Documents> you requested. You may now proceed with your ingenious plan."

At this point all participants have completed their missions, and will go into hiding if not arrested or turned.

ScoringEdit

This is a list of the points you will be rewarded for performing various actions during the course of the mission.

Action Target Points
Arrests Organizer 35
Inside Contact 40
Alarm Specialist 25
Courier #1 20
Burglar 40
Courier #2 30
Mastermind 200

Confiscations Item Blueprints Small Blueprints 50
Item Electronics Small Alarm Bypass 50
Item Camera Small Camera 50
Item Documents Small Photographs 50

In addition, the following failure will increase the Maximum Score by the listed amount of points:

Action Max. Score Increase
Fail to prevent the Primary Crime 120
Fail to prevent the Item Documents Small Photographs from reaching the Mastermind 280

The highest final score possible for this mission is 1296, before applying Difficulty multipliers.

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