Family says bear broke into car, then rolled away.
A northern California family has a summer vacation story that's almost too much to believe.
A bear stole their car!
They were on vacation in Lake Tahoe when a bear broke into their vehicle, damaged the gear shift and crashed the car.
The McCarthy family says inside of their Toyota Prius is trashed.
"He had ripped out the back seat. There's nothing left. There's nothing left inside of our Prius. Gone," says CeCe McCarthy.
Somehow the bear got into the parked car in front of their Lake Tahoe vacation home.
A honking horn woke them up in the middle of the night.
The bear was trapped inside struggling to get out.
"It was really rocking. The car was rocking," says Brian McCarthy.
Brian McCarthy called 911, and when the family looked out the window again the Prius was gone.
The frustrated bear in the front seat went in reverse down the steep 25 foot driveway.
The Prius slammed into a neighbors' front yard.
Several boulders on the lawn stopped the car from hitting the home.
Somehow the bear was able to free himself from the car, never to be seen again.