Bear Steals Car

Monday, July 26, 2010 - 3:23pm

Curious bear rolls away after breaking into teen's parked car.

Ben Story will never leave a day-old peanut butter sandwich in his car again.

"I don't have a car now. I'm stuck in Larkspur," the clearly downtrodden 17-year-old said as he surveyed what remains of his 2008 Toyota Corolla.

Early Friday morning near Larkspur, Colorado a curious and probably somewhat hungry bear opened a door to his car and climbed right in.

Apparently the bear nudged the gear shift, put the car into neutral, and went along for the ride as the car slid 120 feet down a hill.

When the car finally came to a rest next to a patch of scrub oak, the door slammed shut trapping the bewildered bear in the process.

That's when the real damage started.

It took two hours for Douglas County Sheriff's deputies to come up with a way to get the big guy out.

That left a lot of time for the bear to throw a temper tantrum.

"You should see the inside of my car," Story told a somewhat dubious friend over the phone. "It's gone. It's completely trashed."

The stereo is missing.

The dash is thrashed.

The seats are all torn up, and there's apparently a very pungent reminder of what bears normally do in the woods sitting on what remains of the driver's seat.

"Smells delicious," Ben's 15-year-old sister Becky said with a grin.

This all started around 3 a.m. on Friday when a neighbor heard the horn from the Toyota go off repeatedly.

The neighbor thought someone was up to no good so she called 911.

When deputies arrived they expected to find a human inside that car.

So did a somewhat groggy Ben.

"That was my first thought, yeah. I thought my dad's going to kill me, my car is going to be gone and I knew that I hadn't locked it," he said.

He thought someone was trying to steal it.

Now he knows better.

"A bear stole my car," he said.

The Colorado Division of Wildlife got the bear out the car by using a rope to get the door open.

It then left the area in a hurry.

The bear should be fine and the DOW says they will keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't come back.

The insurance company has already agreed to compensate the Story's for the damage.

It was likely totaled.

"We got a great story," Ben's father Ralph said. "We now got something to put in the Christmas letter."

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