TORONTO, ONT. (CNN) - This isn't your typical home invasion: it turns out a pair of burglars in Toronto were just after food in the kitchen.
Genevieve Tomney explains these also weren't your typical crooks.
Zak al-hillal is waving goodbye to police officers, even though the masked culprits of an early morning home invasion are still lurking outside his house looking decidedly less brazen after being caught in the act.
"We heard scratching and that...and water was running."
It seems the young intruders were hungry. After burrowing their way into al-hillal's house from the attic, they feasted at the kitchen fruit bowl and were less than friendly when al-hillal interrupted.
"We were really scared because the mother jumped on us and I didn't know what to do."
So they ran.
Al-hillal and his wife barricaded themselves in a bedroom and called 9-11.
He chucked his keys to police from the balcony and let the cops shoo the raccoons out.
"Once they get inside they can do all kinds of damage, so it's important if you hear a noise in your attic that you deal with it quickly."
And this time of year in Toronto, it's not exactly an uncommon scenario.
"Mother raccoons need to have a safe place to raise their young, and it can be anywhere from under a deck, in a chimney, in an attic.
I would say every second call we do is a mother and babies...mostly in attics."
No raccoons were harmed in this tale.
In fact, as the sun came up, mum came back to rescue her cowering kits.
So neighbors beware, because the suspects are still on the loose.
It turns out the homeowners should have seen this coming. They had a hole capped in their roof the day before.