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A woman suspected of stealing a car is lifted off the ground with a forklift by the owners

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Incredible footage shows a 24-year-old being lifted with a forklift while sitting in a car she allegedly intended to steal, just as the owners were returning home

A woman who was allegedly trying to steal a car was lifted off the ground with a forklift by the vehicle’s owner while she was still inside.

The 24-year-old is said to have broken into the home of Brendan Mills in Queensland, Australia, and even showered and freshened up by putting on the residents’ clothes.

It is then said that the woman then decided to get into the owners’ limousine just as they were returning home.

Incredible footage shown on Australia’s Nine News channel showed what has been described as a “bizarre ending to a daring crime”, with a red car being lifted into the air in front of the property.

Recalling the incident on the show, Mr Mills described how he took the action after the woman refused to leave his vehicle, saying: “I’ve asked her many times to get out of the car: ‘We are home, you’re busted out of the car, you know it’s over,” he said.

“(But) they didn’t want to get out.”

Police footage continued to capture the moment arriving officers greeted her as she was lowered to the ground, with one telling the confused woman: “Get out!” She was arrested shortly thereafter.

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The woman will now appear in court next month after being charged with burglary and illegal use of a motor vehicle.

In a later statement, police were careful not to recommend the extraordinary response to the attempted car theft to others, saying: “In order to ensure the safety of the community, the police recommend that the public not engage in methods of disrupting criminal activity, which may involve a risk of personal injury or further legal remedies.”

The maximum penalty for burglary in Queensland is 14 years in prison and the maximum for non-serious vehicle misuse is seven years in prison.

In the UK the maximum penalty for burglary is the same, but stealing a car is a summary offense punishable by a maximum prison sentence of six months.

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