Culprit in Car Break-Ins Smarter Than Your Average Bear

Police in New Hampshire town ask residents to stop leaving food in cars, and make lots of noise
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 20, 2021 3:45 PM CDT
Car Prowling Bandit Caught On Tape, Turns Out to Be a Bear
File photo of a female black bear sleeps with its tongue out high up in a Ponderosa pine tree in Missoula, Montana.   (Tommy Martino/The Missoulian via AP, File)

Surveillance video helped police get to the bottom of a series of vehicle break-ins in the town of Thornton, New Hampshire. Home security footage captured the bandit—a black bear—opening the door of a vehicle and then crawling inside, per the AP.

Police believe the bear was rummaging for food and that the bear is responsible for damaging other vehicles. Police warned residents to remove food from their vehicles to avoid enticing the bear. The good news is the criminal is unarmed, and probably not dangerous. Officials say that making loud noises is usually enough to send a black bear scampering away.

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