Squirrel Infiltrates Philly PD

Probe under way after costumed human ruffles feathers
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2009 12:54 PM CDT
A cop dressed as a squirrel is at the center of an internal-affairs investigation in Philadelphia.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Let this be a lesson, kids: Dressing up in a squirrel costume can have unintended consequences. The Philadelphia Police Department’s Internal Affairs division is wrapped up in a truly bizarre squirrel case, the Daily News reports, after an officer who caught sight of a colleague in full rodent gear took offense and complained.

After an inspector was accused (wrongly, it turned out) of having a rodent in her office, a colleague in a giant squirrel costume crashed her birthday party Friday. Evelyn Heath thought it was hilarious, but another officer, with whom she has a tense relationship, didn’t. He thought Heath was somehow mocking him with the squirrel, and ratted on her. Investigators were dispatched to sort through the whole nutty business.