'Chihuahua burglars' may be using a child in series of crimes in west Denver

DENVER - Several burglaries in west Denver may coincide with recent reports about a child knocking on doors and asking about a lost dog, police say.

When the child asks about the dog, witnesses told officers that a man appears to be waiting for the child in the street. Denver police nicknamed the crooks the 'Chihuahua burglars,' after the breed of dog the child is reportedly asking about.

In the past, reported burglary rings have used similar tactics to check if homeowners were inside.

The burglaries in this case have been in the area along the West Mississippi Avenue corridor from Federal Boulevard to Sheridan Boulevard. Police believe the suspects are two or three Hispanic men in their late teens or early 20s who are traveling on foot.

Unlocked windows or doggie doors are used to make entry into the victims' homes.

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