ROANOKE, VA (EON) — A young black bear was likely looking for something to eat when he climbed inside a car in Virginia, but it managed to honk the horn.
According to reports, Roanoke police say the 200-pound animal got stuck and blew the horn, rousing the car’s owners about 5 a.m. Thursday.
An officer was able to open the car’s back door, and the bear ran into the woods.
Our officers never know what they may encounter when on the job!
Officer Thayer responded to a call at 5:00 this morning that involved a 200 lb black bear that managed to open the door of a vehicle, lock himself inside and honk the horn, rousing the homeowners. The baby bear found some treats inside and caused minor damage to the vehicle. The officer was able to open the back door and the little guy eventually found his way out and ran off into the woods.
Good crime prevention tip from Officer Thayer: always lock your car doors. It’s not just thieves that break into your cars!
Polie are asking people to secure their vehicles – especially if they have snack in their cars.
The incident comes shortly after a bear caused a spectacle in downtown Roanoke.
Lee Walker of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries tells The Roanoke Times residents shouldn’t be alarmed about the multiple bear sightings. He says bears are more afraid of people than the other way around.
Omg another bear in downtown Roanoke today? pic.twitter.com/FrLPAHz0dH
— Tiffany Holland (@TiffanyCHolland) May 11, 2017
A video recorded by Michelle Leanna from inside the restaurant Wednesday shows the bear wandering the parking lot of the Chili’s in Jacksonville while shocked customers and employees watch out the window and discuss calling animal control.
Another witness snapped a photo that was posted to Twitter by his brother, user @robrien09.