Colorado car thief turns out to be a bear |

Colorado car thief turns out to be a bear

Howard Pankratz
The Denver Post
Teller County Sheriff's Office/Denver PostThe young bear that got trapped in a car near Florrisant, Colorado

The car alarm was blaring, and there was a light moving around inside.

A couple in the Colorado Mountain Estates subdivision near Florissant thought someone was trying to steal their car early Wednesday.

When deputies from the Teller County Sheriff’s Office responded at about 2:30 a.m., they discovered a young bear in the car.

The bear was as surprised to see the deputies as the deputies were to see the bear, said Mikel Baker, spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office.

One of the two deputies took some pictures of the bear, opened the car door, and the bear was gone in a flash, said Baker.

According to Baker and Teller County Sheriff Kevin Dougherty, this bear – like so many others – was very smart and had learned how to open car doors.

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