In this June 2020 file photo, a black bear is seeing hanging around Ellsworth. Credit: Linda Coan O'Kresik / BDN

THORNTON, N.H. — Surveillance video helped police get to the bottom of a series of vehicle break-ins in the town of Thornton.

Home security footage captured the bandit — a black bear — opening the door of a vehicle and then crawling inside.

Police believe the bear was rummaging for food and that it is responsible for damaging other vehicles. Police warned residents to remove food from their vehicles to avoid enticing the bear.

The good news is the criminal is unarmed, and probably not dangerous. Officials say that making loud noises is usually enough to send a black bear scampering away.