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Bear breaks into a home in Vail, steals food and plays piano

Caught in the act! A bear in Colorado tickled the ivories as he ransacked an apartment in Vail last week.
Caught in the act! A bear in Colorado tickled the ivories as he ransacked an apartment in Vail last week. YouTube screengrab

A black bear that broke into a home in Vail, Colo., last week hit all the wrong notes.

The bear pawed a piano during his criminal caper.

A home surveillance camera caught his act.

Vail police responded to the home on May 31 after the resident called to report a burglary. The officer figured out the culprit climbed in through an open kitchen window and stole food from the freezer, according to a news release from town officials.

The officer believed it to be the handiwork of a bear, which the homeowner later confirmed after reviewing video from her home security system.

The video showed the bear meandering around the apartment. At one point the bear jumped up and put his front paws on the piano in the living room.

“The chords captured on video were unbearable and the tune was equally grizzly,” police said in the statement.

Clearly, the bear was just looking out the window to see whether the po-po were coming.

A clip from the surveillance video posted to YouTube incited more puns than one can bear.

The intruder’s name was “Beary Manilow.”

He was playing “Bear-thoven.”

“I’ve actually heard worse piano players,” one commenter wrote. “Kudos to the bear.”

After searching the area police reported “the suspect is still at large.”

Town officials told residents where to get info on bear-proofing their homes.

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