Ron Schuk started his work day Monday with some unexpected company. When he arrived at the Randallstown auto repair shop about 7:45 a.m., several Baltimore County Police cars were on the lot.
"I thought maybe the alarm had gone off," he said. "But, no! I saw the front window smashed in and a deer in the shop. Those big Bambi eyes were looking right at me."
A vehicle had struck the animal in the 9300 block of Liberty Road shortly before 7 a.m. The deer ran from the highway and crashed through a front bay window at Auto Masters.
So Schuk, the shop manager, tried to do business as usual. The antlered deer, which had cuts on its face, rested quietly next to his tool box.
"I don't think he is any threat," said Schuk. "He looks worse off than the shop."
Officers were able to usher the deer through the front door around 8:30 a.m., about an hour after its initial break-in. Though Animal Control directed officers to the Department of Natural Resources for assistance, police were able to extricate the deer before their arrival.
According to Debbie Schapiro, another employee at the store, by the time she arrived at work around 8:45, things were back to normal.
"When I got here, it was gone," she said.
Other than shattered glass, Schuk saw no apparent damages, even though the deer had free rein for over an hour.
"He is sitting next to $100,000 worth of tools," Schuk said. "I guess he feels safe and I hope he is content. He should not have tried to cross Liberty Road."