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Carjacking is a crime usually associated with cities like Los Angeles, not small towns like Barrington, Rhode Island. And it’s usually associated with armed thugs, and not, well, raccoons.

But Barrington resident Christine Leonard learned the hard way that crime can come at you on four legs as well as two when a raccoon jumped into her car as she was about to depart for the grocery store. With the vehicle still in reverse, Leonard scrambled out of the car for safety as it backed down her driveway, striking a neighbor’s fence. The car then lurched forward and struck several trees before coming to a stop.

When police arrived they found the raccoon still inside with the doors locked. Finally, the raccoon managed to operate one of the power-window switches and scooted out for the safety of a nearby tree.

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