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| Re: Stolen Gear |
Does the latch on the door lock which goes into the striker plate on the jamb have a second smaller retractable plunger on the back flat side? That second plunger, used on exterior door knobs, keeps the latch from retracting when the door is closed.
Latches without that second locking pin can be opened by sliding a thin and flexible strip of metal or plastic in around the door trim to push the latch in and open the door without leaving any marks.
Most interior door locks don't have that second locking pin and from the looks of the striker plate on the door jamb in your photo I suspect yours might not have one.