RUSHFORD, Minn. (FOX47) -- Kris Peterson made peanut brittle for the holidays a few months ago, and left the batch in her SUV to cool. The next morning she went to get the treats and discovered they were gone.
"I thought someone stole them because peanut butter is good at Christmas time," Peterson said.
Along with the missing food, Peterson discovered her vehicle wouldn't start. She had it towed to an auto shop and the mechanics found the missing food.
And the culprit?
"They're thinking whatever it was if it was a chipmunk a red squirrel a, vole, a mole, a rat, a mouse. They don't know," Peterson said.
Repairs cost her $4,000. The mechanics told her they think they know how the rodents entered the vehicle.
The brittle wasn't the only target. The animals also chewed the SUV's wires, which are coated in a soy-based material.
Since the incident, Peterson installed squirrel live traps in her garage. She also has a message for other drivers.
"Everybody should think hard, really hard about putting food or any kind of bait in your car for them to get at," she said.