Squirrel helps solve burglary in Idaho; video

A pet squirrel is being hailed a hero for its role in solving a burglary of a home in Idaho last week and also for preventing the thief from taking its owner's guns.

As reported by KIVI, Adam Pearl returned to his Meridian home and discovered footprints in the snow leading to the back of his house.

"I thought something was awry because no one usually goes through the yard," Pearl told KIVI.

Upon entering the house he began noticing open doors that he normally keeps shut, and when he went to his back bedroom and looked at his gun safe, his suspicions were confirmed.

"I started looking at it and saw the scratches that are around the locking area and at that point I knew somebody was definitely in here messing around,” Pearl told KIVI.

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Meridian Police officer Ashley Turner responded to his call, and while Pearl was describing what happened, his pet squirrel Joey ran around and through Turner's legs.

Turner asked Pearl if his squirrel bites.

"I said, `Well, he usually doesn't bite, but you never know cause he is a squirrel,'" Pearl said.

A few hours later, Turner apprehended a suspect, though it isn't clear how she did this. But she definitely knew she had the right man.

“She said while she was questioning the individual he had scratches on his hands so she asked him `Did you get that from the squirrel?' and he says `Yeah, damn thing kept attacking me and wouldn’t stop until I left,'” Pearl told KIVI.

So in the end, Pearl got back some of his stolen belongings, thanks to the evidence Joey left behind on the burglar.

h/t New York Daily News