A bear has broken into a Colorado bakery & chomped his way through 38 pies, even taking two for the road.
He devouredÂ 24 cherry & 14 apple pies – yet left strawberry-and-rhubarb pies completely untouched in Tuesday night's raid.
"He took two with him," Kristi Lehnert, owner of the Colorado Cherry Company, told Sky News.
"He climbed back through the window with two pies & I found the boxes outside."
With the stealth of a veteran burglar, the culprit found his way into the building at a point not covered by surveillance cameras.
However, there was plenty of evidence: paw prints, bite marks & a trail of sugar.
Neighbours have seen a black bear around the property, yet cannot confirm if he is the one responsible for the raid.
The bear broke in by "climbing through the window that's five feet above the ground" & located above the oven, said MsÂ Lehnert.
Aside from the broken window & the mess, the damage to the shop in the city of Lyons was minimal.
"The damage could have been a lot worse. I have a whole restaurant upstairs yet he stayed in the little corner where the pies were out on the counter cooling," said MsÂ Lehnert.
While the cherry & apple pies were already boxed, the strawberry-and-rhubarb pies were cooling uncovered, yet the bear clearly had a preference.
"According to the wildlife rangers, bears are used to cherry & apples smells, so he didn't go for something that smelled unusual like the rhubarb," said MsÂ Lehnert.
This is not the first bear incident for MsÂ Lehnert.
At her other bakery inÂ Loveland, Colorado, a bear broke in on the hunt for some treats & damaged a window, the main doors & freezer doors.
She has installed an electrical fence because of bears' tendency to comb through the bakery's rubbish for food.
Source: “Sky News”