WATCH: Bear Steals Connecticut Woman’s Amazon Package from Her Porch

by Matthew Memrick

A home security camera caught a surprising porch pirate take a Connecticut woman’s package recently, and, to her surprise, the video captured a black bear thief.

Levine told NBC Connecticut she received an alert from her security system about five minutes after her Amazon package arrived.

She said was “taken aback because I wasn’t expecting anyone else in my driveway.” 

Levine’s video showed the medium-sized bear thief walk down her driveway with the package in its mouth. On a funny note, the package contained toilet paper. At first, Levine thought the box had school snacks.

“It was hysterical like I said. I knew nothing in there was going to be irreplaceable, so it was a fun afternoon for sure,” Levine told NBC.

On her Facebook post of the video, she said, “Yea, so if anyone sees an Amazon package in the Chippens Hill area with my name on it…feel free to bring it back?” According to NBC, the bear likely discovered the package’s contents and dropped it off in a neighbor’s yard.

One commenter joked, “the Charmin bear strikes again!” The toilet paper maker uses bears in their advertising.

In a similar story from California, another bear thief stole another woman’s package off her porch.

ABC reported that another bear was taking packages on a security camera. The bear hoisted a La Verne family’s Amazon package around July 14. The animal walked up, sniffed the packages, and took one containing chocolate. After the incident, the family learned from Amazon officials that the company would replace the box.

Bears on the Prowl

In July, a bear stole a camper’s backpack from a landing in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. CBS reported that the bag contained a gun and “delicious-smelling snacks.” 

The camper reported the theft to conservation officers soon after the bear escaped to the woods. Soon after, two officers found the shredded pack with snack wrappers along with the firearm.

In June, hikers in the North Carolina mountains had their backpacks taken by bears. But this time, there were no cameras for the bear thief or thieves. According to The Charlotte Observer, the U.S. Forest Service warned hikers to take precautions when visiting the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness inside the Nantahala National Forest. 

The forest service says it has received “reports of increased beaAppr encounters” at four spots. The newspaper said additional warnings came in June after aggressive bears forced closure to some parts of the Appalachian Trail and Tennesee camping areas.

Two bears stole bird food in Russell, Mass. Another camera was there earlier this month.

A video doorbell captured two bears on a porch on Aug. 6. The bears scared off an opossum before climbing a tree and eating birdseed from a feeder.

22News got a copy of the video and the bear hijinks.