VIRGINIA BEACH---Police are looking for a man they say is using a clever excuse to break into homes in Virginia Beach.
Neighbors in the Homestead nieghborhood believe a man claiming to be looking for a dog has broken into several homes in the past month.
"If you catch him, he just gives you a bogus number and says he was looking for a large black dog," said Civic League president Karen Nuskiewicz. "Some neighbors didn't think anything of it."
Nuskiewicz sent a mass email alerting neighbors to the rash of recent break-ins.
Police have also increased patrols. Officers were seen canvasing the area on horseback two days ago.