Many people keep pets for security. Some have Dobermans, some have German shepherds, and some have Rottweilers. Occasionally, a home is protected by a sociopathic cat.
Adam Pearl of Meridian, Idaho, has a squirrel, according to KIVI TV News. And Joey the Squirrel ain’t playin’.
When Pearl arrived home on Feb. 6, he knew something was amiss. “I came in the front door and I saw snow prints out in the front driveway going to the back of the house, so I thought something was awry because no one usually goes through the yard,” he said.
After looking through the home and finding doors open that should have been closed, Pearl’s suspicions were confirmed when he reached the gun safe.
“I started looking at it and saw the scratches that are around the locking area and at that point I knew somebody was definitely in here messing around,” he said. Pearl also found the blade of his pocketknife broken off in the lock.
While investigating the burglary, police officer Ashley Turner was startled by Joey the squirrel, and began to wonder if he would bite an intruder, according to the Idaho Press-Tribune.
Shortly after, Ashley nailed her suspect — a juvenile with a history of police run-ins. He told the police that the scratches on this hands were from the squirrel, and that it kept attacking him until he left, according to Pearl. Watch the video below:
The burglar, whose name was not released, was believed to have entered several unlocked homes in the same area, according to Breitbart.
The police said that the teen burglar typically takes all he can get, but in the Pearl home, he was able to take only two items, a pack of gum and a gun magazine with bullets, due to the squirrel attack.
Joey keeps a nest in a kitchen cabinet. As a reward for protecting his family, he was given his favorite treat — Whoppers malted milk balls from Hershey.
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