Masked intruders break into a California bank to steal almond cookies

Oct 21st

Two juvenile raccoons broke into a Chase Bank in Redwood City, California early Tuesday morning. They were caught in the act by a customer using the ATM before the bank opened. At first, the customer thought one of the raccoons was a stuffed animal, but then quickly realized that it was in fact real after it began moving around.

The customer called the SPCA to report the break in.

SPCA communications manager, Buffy Martin Tarbox told CBS SF News:

"It's not every day an animal organization gets called to deal with a bank break-in, but since the bank robbers were masked bandits of the wildlife kind, we were indeed the appropriate responders. The bank managers let our rescue staff into the bank, and after about ten minutes of chasing the raccoons around the bank, we were finally able to safely shoo them outside. They apparently didn't want to leave the bank."

Breaking into the bank was not an easy feat. In fact, the raccoons had to maneuver around many obstacles to get into the building. Tarbox described the likely route the raccoons took in order to get in:

"There were muddy pawprints on a tree outside the bank, so we suspect the raccoons climbed the tree to the roof of the bank, and then somehow managed to crawl into the air ducts and fell through the ceiling tiles onto the floor of the bank. There were several broken ceiling tiles, and the masked bandits knocked papers around and even a computer over. Thankfully the raccoons were not injured during their morning escapade, and to our knowledge they didn't abscond with any money."

Once inside, they knocked over computer screens, dumped papers on the floor, but it appeared their main target was a large box of almond cookies.

NTB was able to secure exclusive footage from one of the Raccoon's prepping for his next bank robbery:

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