Raccoons Stage Elaborate Break-In At Locked-Up Bank

They were after something besides money ... 😂

Last week, a man using an ATM outside a bank in Redwood City, California, looked through the window and saw what he thought was a cute stuffed animal on a desk. When the animal moved, he realized he was witnessing a robbery in progress.

Two raccoons had broken into the bank and caused a mess, all in search of something far more precious than money: a tin of almond cookies left in the staff break room.

Raccoons break into bank
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

How the masked bandits slipped through the bank’s tight security sounds like something out of a classic heist movie: “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,” Buffy Martin Tarbox, communications manager for the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA, said in a statement.

Raccoons break into California bank
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

When the man realized that the two raccoons were trapped inside, he called Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA for help.

But the furry intruders didn’t go easily.

Raccoons break into bank to steal cookies
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

“The bank managers let our rescue staff into the bank,” Tarbox said. “And after about 10 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.”

Raccoon bank robbery
Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

The raccoons eventually vacated the premises, but they still managed to leave their mark.

“There were several broken ceiling tiles, and the masked bandits knocked papers around and even a computer over," Tarbox said. "Thankfully the raccoons were not injured during their morning escapade, and to our knowledge, they didn’t abscond with any money.”

Not to mention an empty tin of cookies.