This surveillance image captured the raccoon falling through the ceiling tile. Source: Christy Hutchings
Gardendale police officers try to remove the raccoon with a catch pole, but it didn't want to go. Source: Gardendale Police surveillance video
The raccoon climbed up in a corner of the police station. Source: Gardendale Police Department Facebook page
Even once the raccoon was outside the building, it still didn't want to leave. Source: Gardendale Police Department Facebook page
Someone at the police department drew this anonymous cartoon to warn everyone of the invading raccoons. Source: Christy Hutchings
GARDENDALE, AL (WBRC) -
Gardendale police are taking extra precautions after an unexpected guest made quite the entrance earlier this week.
A raccoon came crashing through the police station's lobby ceiling on Monday morning and surveillance video captured his dramatic entry.
When the first police officer came face to face with the raccoon, it startled them both.
Sgt. Scott Banks came out to the lobby, coffee in hand, to check on what was happening and saw the raccoon clinging to a door jam.
Another officer grabbed a catch pole to guide the raccoon out the door. But the raccoon didn't want to go.
"It wanted back in the building. It fought there at the door trying to get back in. He really didn't want outside, so it likes it here at the new public safety center. And it wanted to stay," Sgt. Banks said.
The raccoon clung to the front door before finally jumping down and running off into the woods. Once it was gone, the first thing the officers did was grab the surveillance footage.
"I thought he landed pretty well. I give him a 10 out of 10 on that. It was interesting to know that we had raccoons above us the whole time," Sgt. Banks said.
And just in case there are more raccoons, a Gardendale police officer drew a cartoon warning for his fellow comrades.
"That is an anonymous person and they didn't autograph the bottom so it's a little fun," Sgt. Banks said.
Gardendale police have traps out just in case there are any more unwanted guests lurking around in their new facility.
You can see more pictures of the raccoon's visit to the Gardendale Police Station on their Facebook page.