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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.

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