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Defendant was charged in a felony complaint with attempted first degree burglary of an inhabited dwelling and second degree burglary of an automobile. At issue was whether a person standing in the driveway of a residence who used a remote control to open a motorized garage door had entered the residence within the meaning of the burglary statute. The court held that using a remote control to open a garage door did not constitute an entry into the residence. On these facts, defendant could be charged with attempted burglary but he could not be charged with a completed burglary.