Cops: Bear Sends Van on Joy Ride While Trying to Steal Candy

A black bear put his own spin on trick-or-treating when it broke into a van to get Halloween candy in Vernon.

Police believe the bear dislodged the parking brake, causing the manual transmission vehicle to roll about 40 feet down the street before stopping on a shoulder.

That's where a patrolman discovered candy wrappers in and outside the vehicle, along with paw prints, smudge marks, drool and black bear hair.

Police say the patrolman followed a trail into the woods, but the suspect got away.