There was a car break-in in Avon this week and it was caught on camera. This is also a good thing, because you might not believe it without seeing it for yourself.
Those who broke in weren’t even human.
Due to its proximity to the Farmington River and its heavily forested surroundings, Anvil Drive is the type of area where black bears live. So people in this neighborhood of Avon are not surprised when they see them except when they break into cars.
Earlier this week, three black bears were captured by home surveillance video walking next to an SUV parked in a driveway. The curious family decided to watch. No keys. No problem. Two of the three little bears neatly opened the driver and front passenger doors. Then I went up to explore.
Vehicle owners tell us the paint was not even scratched and there was only minor damage to the upholstery.
Neighbors said they have seen bears in the neighborhood before and are getting more daring.
“The fact that they open the doors of the car is kinda crazy,” said next door neighbor Scott Turken.
Turken said he sees bears about once a month, including one encounter where they dump his trash.
“They sat there for about an hour and a half, chewing whatever they could get their hands on,” he said.
According to the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), there were more than 11,000 bear sightings in the state in 2020, up from just over 7,000 the year before. More surprisingly, some bears did more than just walk around.
“Last year we had a record number of reports of bears breaking into homes,” said DEEP spokesperson Will Healey. “We had 45 last year.”
If you live in an area where bears live, DEEP has advice on what to do to avoid attracting them.
“[Feeding the bears] makes them become more comfortable with humans and that’s not something we want to encourage, ”added Healey.
If you see a bear, DEEP wants to know. They are asking that all sightings be reported by going to the website www.portal.ct.gov and the living with black bears page to report these sightings.