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Thieving bear recorded in Calif.

Sept. 24, 2012 at 2:28 PM   |   Comments

SAN BERNARDINO NATIONAL FOREST, Calif., Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A California man who captured footage of a bear rummaging through a family's belongings said the animal earlier ran off with a backpack containing his iPad.

Jesse Dinkel, who spotted the bear Saturday at the San Bernardino National Forest, said the animal first ran off with his iPad-containing backpack and he later captured video of the bear riffling through a family's belongings at a picnic table, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles, reported Monday.

"It was crazy," Dinkel said. "He was really not shy."

Dinkel said the bear took a Tupperware container filled with food back into the woods with him.

Forest officials said bear sightings are common at Jenks Lake.

Dinkel said the theft of his iPad by a bear has brought about a new problem.

"Try getting the insurance company to believe that," Dinkel said.

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