Some burglars might second guess robbing a home if there is a dog on the property, but last thing that most burglars expect is to be attacked by a pet squirrel. On Tuesday, when a man broke into a Meridian, Idaho home, the homeowner’s pet squirrel attacked the home invader as he tried to pry open a gun safe.
Adam Pearl, the homeowner, returned home and knew something wasn’t quite right. He saw footprints in the snow that led to his house and then around back. He entered his house and immediately knew something had happened since his belongings were out of sorts. Then, Pearl noticed that someone had tampered with his gun safe.
There were some missing items in Pearl’s house but the intruder was barred from getting into the guns. Pearl called the police to make a report, and the officer who came to to the home was introduced to Pearl’s squirrel, Joey.
“During her investigations, Joey had run in the bedroom just screwing around like he always does between her legs and kind of startled her. She says, ‘Whoa, what was that?’ And I said, ‘Ahhh, don’t worry about that, that’s just Joey, my pet squirrel,” Pearl said.
When the report was concluded the female officer left, but a couple hours later, she returned. The officer came back to divulge some new details she had found out about the case that she found quite fascinating.
The officer said that while she was questioning the suspect about the burglary at Pearl’s home, she asked him about all of the scratches on his hands. Knowing about Joey, she asked if the scratches happened to come from the squirrel.
“Yeah,” the suspect replied. “Damn thing kept attacking me and wouldn’t stop until I left.”