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'Caught bear-handed': Port Moody police met by unlikely suspect


Police in Port Moody say they were met by a bear -- not a burglar -- inside a vehicle on Friday

Officers received reports of a possible theft from a vehicle early Friday morning

The bear wasn't hurt, and it's believed it got into the vehicle through an open door

PORT MOODY (NEWS 1130) – It was bear-ly what anyone expected.

Police in Port Moody say they received reports about a theft in progress from a vehicle on Ioco Road early Friday morning — but it turns out the suspect wasn’t human. It was a bear.

“Upon arrival, members quickly determined the home owners have captured the want to be thief in the car and the suspect was actively trying to escape,” police said on Friday. “As more members arrived on scene to assist with containment it was apparent the suspect gained entry with his bear hands.”

We see what you did there, Port Moody PD.

Officers say the B.C. Conservation Officer Service was quick to respond, and after careful examination and a plan put in place, police say it was determined “the thief made an honest mistake, the door was opened and the suspect was released without charges.”

The bear wasn’t hurt in the break-in, and is embracing what police call its “newfound freedom.”

These kinds of incidents aren’t common, police note, but say it serves as a good reminder to keep doors locked, and, of course, garbage secured.

Anyone who sees a bear that is believed to be aggressive is asked to call 911.