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New Hampshire bear break-in turns Goldilocks tale on its head

New Hampshire bear burglary costs family pears, grapes, and a teddy bear.

By Associated Press / July 28, 2010

New Hampshire bear burglary costs family pears, grapes, and a teddy bear. A black bear cub rubs its back against a tree in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in northwestern New Jersey earlier this year.

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LACONIA, N.H.

A black bear walked into a New Hampshire house through an open door, ate two pears and a bunch of grapes, took a drink from the family fishbowl and grabbed a stuffed bear on its way out the door.

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Mary Beth Parkinson says the bear apparently took advantage of the open outside door to get into her kitchen Tuesday in Laconia, about 20 miles north of Concord. She thinks the garage door going up scared the bear enough that it fled the house.

She says she arrived in time to save the fish.

Parkinson said her 6- and 9-year-old boys made sure the doors were locked before they went to bed.

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