Last week, a teenager broke into an Idaho home and was met with some fierce resistance from the homeowner’s pet.
Adam Pearl shares his story with some assistance from Joey, his pet squirrel:
Pearl told KIVI that he knew something was off when he approached his home in Meridian last week:
“I came in the front door and I saw snow prints out in the front driveway going to the back of the house, so I thought something was awry because no one usually goes through the yard,” said Pearl.
Pearl was immediately greeted by his pet squirrel Joey when he got home, but the he started noticing a few doors that would normally be closed were open.
After making his way to the back bedroom, his fear was confirmed once he stated looking at his gun safe.
“I started looking at it and saw the scratches that are around the locking area and at that point I knew somebody was definitely in here messing around,” explained Pearl.
Pearl called the police, and officer Ashley Turner showed up. While conducting an investigation of the home, Turner was startled by Joey:
“Whoa! What is a squirrel doing in your house?” Turner recalls asking him.
“That’s just Joey,” Adam Pearl responded. “My pet squirrel.”
Turns out, Joey helped scare away the burglar, who is a juvenile with a history of police run-ins, Turner told Meridian Press:
“It scared him, obviously, because he wasn’t expecting to have, you know, a squirrel come flying out of nowhere at him,” Turner said. “So basically he said he took what he could and left as fast as he could.”
“The kid, he would have stolen a lot more, it’s usually kind of what he does,” Turner said. “But in that house where the squirrel was, he was only able to get like two items.”
Turner said the suspect was able to steal a pack of cigarettes and a gun magazine with bullets. He told Turner that the squirrel “attacked” him as he was trying to break into the safe.
As a reward for his efforts, Joey was given his favorite treat – a Whopper candy.
Turner said she’s never seen a case like this:
“I’ve seen some weird things in my time as a law enforcement officer, but I can honestly say that I’ve never met anybody with a pet squirrel.”
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