The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office posted about the (unfortunately) not-too-unusual incident involving an opportunistic bear, hoping others take note.
“We’ve often warned that leaving your car unlocked makes it easier for thieves to steal items, but, as we’ve now seen twice this past week, it also makes it easier for bears to climb in and make themselves at home,” officials wrote online.
It was far from a clean getaway for this particular bear. After entering the car, he helped himself to some snacks the owner had left behind, accidentally closing the door behind him in the process. Unable to escape, he reportedly took a nap.
The responding officers needed to free him. As seen in this video, they used a rope to open the car’s door from a safe distance: