Adam Pearl didn't plan on having his home broken into.

He also didn't plan on how the break-in was foiled.

Adam lives in Meridian, and thought it was odd when he found snow prints all over his property.

I came in the front door and I saw snow prints out in the front driveway going to the back of the house, so I thought something was awry because no one usually goes through the yard.

When he walked inside, he was greeted by his pet squirrel Joey. Yes, he has a pet squirrel named Joey. Moving on.

Pearl noticed some doors were ajar, and grew suspicious. He then checked his gun safe, which was thankfully intact and unopened.

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.

Police came to the scene, and somehow tracked down the culprit, complete with scratch marks all over his hands. Even better, most of Pearl's stolen belongings were returned safely.

Joey the squirrel is now being hailed by a hero, which we're pretty sure is a first for the Meridian Police Department. Adam says of his little friend:

Nobody can believe it because who can say they have a squirrel that guards their house, which is crazy. You can't ask for much more than that. He is a pain in the butt, but he is great.

Here's to hoping Joey isn't one of the plague squirrels we posted about last summer. They were found just south of Boise, and yes, the plague can still kill you. So use caution when you encounter any squirrels in the wild.

Here is the story in case you missed it.

Lastly, we'd like to clarify that Joey is not the squirrel portrayed in the following video:

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