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Raccoon makes opportunistic firehouse visit in Holtsville

A raccoon was caught on camera on a

A raccoon was caught on camera on a Holtsville firefighter's gear rack while volunteers were out on a run on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Photo Credit: Stringer News Service

A masked intruder burglarized a firehouse late Sunday while volunteers were out at a car fire.

The intruder turned out to be an opportunistic raccoon.

Suffolk County police Emergency Service officers were called to the Holtsville Fire Department to remove the raccoon, who officials said wandered into the firehouse on Waverly Avenue while firefighters were out battling a car fire in a wooded area off the Long Island Expressway.

Photos showed the raccoon settled onto a metal shelf area next to firefighting gear.

The firefighters who found the raccoon called police, who sent out emergency services officers. Those officers captured the raccoon, removed it from the firehouse — and released it back into the wild.

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