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Black bear breaks into Pincher Office Products

Black bear breaks into Pincher Office Products
This black bear stopped in at Pincher Office Products on April 26, entering via the store’s front window rather than using a door.
This black bear stopped in at Pincher Office Products on April 26, entering via the store’s front window rather than using a door.
IMAGE: Pincher Office Products
This grizzly bear paid a visit to Pincher Office Products in the early morning hours of April 26, choosing to enter via the store’s front window rather than using a door.
IMAGE: Pincher Office Products
This grizzly bear paid a visit to Pincher Office Products in the early morning hours of April 26, choosing to enter via the store’s front window rather than using a door.

Black bear breaks into Pincher Office Products

By Shannon Peace
By Shannon Peace
Publisher
Shootin’ the Breeze Publisher
May 1, 2024
May 1, 2024

Editor’s note: This story has been updated as we have confirmed that the culprit was a black bear, not a grizzly bear.

When Patti Mackenzie arrived to work Friday at Pincher Office Products, she was surprised to find a ringing alarm and Const. Val Dennis minding a smashed window.

Pincher Creek RCMP responded to an alarm call around 2:30 a.m. at the Main Street business, finding a gaping hole in the glass but no overt signs of vandalism or theft.

 

Smashed front window of Pincher Office products with glass lying on the floor

 

Unable to reach business owner Christine Lank by phone, an officer remained on-site to ensure security.

Christine, who was out of town, learned of the vandalism from Patti. Exactly what happened, though, was a mystery.

Thinking she might find images of the culprit on the recording from the store’s video surveillance cameras, Christine took a look when she returned to work on Tuesday.

 

Security-camera footage of a grizzly bear inside Pincher Office Products. It is looking in the front window of the store.

 

 

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What she saw was astonishing — the break-and-enter suspect was not a human intruder but a 300-ish pound black bear!

Christine jokes that it must have been a female doing some window shopping.

Images show the bear looking in from outside the building and next capture it casually ambling down an office supplies aisle. The bear tours to the back of the store to look out the door before turning around and exiting the same way it came in.

The suspect’s prints are not on file and no evidence of blood or hair was found at the scene.

 

 

 

Security-camera footage of a grizzly bear inside Pincher Office Products. It is walking down a store aisle
Security-camera footage of a grizzly bear inside Pincher Office Products. It is looking out the windows in a door.
Security-camera footage of a grizzly bear inside Pincher Office Products. It appears to be checking out an envelope display.

 

 

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With the exception of the broken window, no damage was done inside the building. Considering it could have been a bull-in-a-china-shop type of scenario, Christine is relieved as the store is filled with giftware and other breakable merchandise.

Still chuckling about it Wednesday morning, Patty and Christine were busy creating a wanted poster as customers stopped in to ask why the front window was boarded over.

Pincher Creek RCMP say the suspect is unknown to police but is believed to be responsible for other property crimes, including break and enter to commit theft from a beehive and theft of a picnic basket.

Police advise to use caution and not approach him if he is located, as “he has just awoken from a long winter nap and is likely to have something rumbly in his tumbly.”

On a serious note, having a bear wandering Pincher Creek’s downtown core in the wee morning hours is less than desirable.

Shootin’ the Breeze is awaiting a call back from local Fish and Wildlife.

 

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated as we have confirmed that the culprit was a black bear, not a grizzly bear.

When Patti Mackenzie arrived to work Friday at Pincher Office Products, she was surprised to find a ringing alarm and Const. Val Dennis minding a smashed window.

Pincher Creek RCMP responded to an alarm call around 2:30 a.m. at the Main Street business, finding a gaping hole in the glass but no overt signs of vandalism or theft.

 

Smashed front window of Pincher Office products with glass lying on the floor

 

Unable to reach business owner Christine Lank by phone, an officer remained on-site to ensure security.

Christine, who was out of town, learned of the vandalism from Patti. Exactly what happened, though, was a mystery.

Thinking she might find images of the culprit on the recording from the store’s video surveillance cameras, Christine took a look when she returned to work on Tuesday.

 

Security-camera footage of a grizzly bear inside Pincher Office Products. It is looking in the front window of the store.

 

 

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What she saw was astonishing — the break-and-enter suspect was not a human intruder but a 300-ish pound black bear!

Christine jokes that it must have been a female doing some window shopping.

Images show the bear looking in from outside the building and next capture it casually ambling down an office supplies aisle. The bear tours to the back of the store to look out the door before turning around and exiting the same way it came in.

The suspect’s prints are not on file and no evidence of blood or hair was found at the scene.

 

 

 

Security-camera footage of a grizzly bear inside Pincher Office Products. It is walking down a store aisle
Security-camera footage of a grizzly bear inside Pincher Office Products. It is looking out the windows in a door.
Security-camera footage of a grizzly bear inside Pincher Office Products. It appears to be checking out an envelope display.

 

 

 

With the exception of the broken window, no damage was done inside the building. Considering it could have been a bull-in-a-china-shop type of scenario, Christine is relieved as the store is filled with giftware and other breakable merchandise.

Still chuckling about it Wednesday morning, Patty and Christine were busy creating a wanted poster as customers stopped in to ask why the front window was boarded over.

Pincher Creek RCMP say the suspect is unknown to police but is believed to be responsible for other property crimes, including break and enter to commit theft from a beehive and theft of a picnic basket.

Police advise to use caution and not approach him if he is located, as “he has just awoken from a long winter nap and is likely to have something rumbly in his tumbly.”

On a serious note, having a bear wandering Pincher Creek’s downtown core in the wee morning hours is less than desirable.

Shootin’ the Breeze is awaiting a call back from local Fish and Wildlife.

 

Share or print this story with the links to the left (if using desktop) or below (if on mobile). While links can’t be shared directly on Facebook, they can be shared through Facebook Messenger, which is the top button.

 

 

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