Would-Be Carjackers Foiled by Stick Shift
They can't drive manual transmission, run off
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 12, 2014 4:58 PM CST

(Newser) – Police in Florida say two would-be carjackers almost got away with a vehicle in Ocala but didn't know how to drive a stick shift. The Ocala Star-Banner reports the owner of a 2014 Toyota Corolla told police he was sitting in his car talking on his cell phone when a man with a gun tapped the window. Another man was by the passenger side window. Police say the gunman demanded the man get out of the car and demanded his keys. He gave them the keys, they got in the car, and he walked away and stopped another motorist, who called police. But the carjackers couldn't move the car because it was a stick shift. The duo ran before police arrived, leaving the keys in the ignition. (The same thing recently foiled three teen would-be carjackers in Seattle.)