Police: Group of burglars may be using child to scout victim houses

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DENVER -- Denver police warned residents Monday about a possible group of burglars who use a young child as a scout.

Several residents of the West Mississippi Avenue corridor between Federal and Sheridan boulevards have reported being robbed a short time after suspicious people came to their doors, the Denver Police Department said.

The suspicious people were described as two or three Hispanic male suspects in their late teens to early 20s that are travelling on foot. The suspects may be connected to burglaries in which suspects entered through small unlocked windows or dog doors.

In the areas where burglaries have occurred, neighbors said they have had a young child come to their door asking if they have seen a lost Chihuahua.

When the child comes to the door, there is a male standing in the street, appearing to wait for the child, DPD said.

DPD warned residents to secure all windows and doors against burglars.

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