Chihuahua leads to trespassing suspect’s arrest in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — Paco the Chihuahua is being hailed a hero by Portsmouth police.

He is a small, but mighty neighborhood burglar alarm in Portsmouth. He taught his owner not to ignore him when he barks in the middle of the night. In this case, he likely stopped a morning of car break-ins.

Over the last few months, there have been more than a few burglaries in the Green Acres neighborhood in Portsmouth.

Neighbors said they haven’t seen any of the suspects — just what’s left behind. That is until, one Chihuahua followed the trail.

On Faigle Road, if you listen close, you can hear the unintentional security system installed two years ago. His name is Paco the Chihuahua.

“He likes to protect his people and this house,” his owner, Kelley Rea, said.

Rea said for two years, she’s grown accustomed to Paco’s skepticism of outsiders.

“Anybody who is walking down the street who looks a little strange, he lets us know,” she said.

That knack for noticing the out of the ordinary came in handy December 1. Rea said her pint-sized burglar alarm went off around 3:00 a.m.

“He was growling and he continued to growl,” she said. “So, I got up to check out what he was growling and barking at.”

Rea said she saw man in a hoodie outside the window walking to the neighbor’s home.

“I saw him at their truck trying to get in,” she remembered.

Paco kept barking eyes trained on the would-be burglar. Rea called the police.

“I went out to check my car and I heard somebody ringing our door bell and it was a police officer,” she said. “They had caught the guy on the back street here.”

This isn’t the first time trouble happened on their block, but thanks to Paco, it’s the first time there’s been an arrest. Neighbors appear grateful.

For now, he is the four-legged protector of Faigle Road.