Bear breaks into Vail home and plays the piano

VAIL, Colo. -- A woman in Vail was surprised to discover a burly burglar had gone through her home while she was out.

It happened in the 4000 block of Meadow Drive on May 31, according to the Vail Police Department.

The officer who went to check it out found some minor damage in the unit and noted that food had been taken been taken from the freezer. The officer suspected a bear had climbed in through an open window in the kitchen.

Later, the woman checked her security cameras, which captured the unusual break-in on video.

"Oh yeah, we love bears, just maybe not in our own house," Katie Hawley explained. "I could see the paw on camera, and then the snout, and then all of a sudden it jumped over the railing and I did not expect to see that," she said.

You can see the black bear wander around the apartment and, at one point, bang out a few notes on the piano.

"He's not very good. He needs a couple of lessons," Hawley said. "I was like, I can't believe this is real. Then he heads upstairs to the kitchen to wreck the kitchen," Hawley said.

"The chords captured on video were unbearable and the tune was equally grizzly," the police department said in a statement.

The bear also opening a jar of peanut butter and a bag of chocolate chips. He followed that course up with a bag of mixed berries from the freezer before finally leaving the house.

"I"m very surprised he didn't get trapped in the house. He exited the same way he came in," said Hawley.

A resource for bear interactions and videos on how to bear proof your home can be found on a web page maintained by Colorado Parks and Wildlife here.