Manual transmission stymies Mass. car thieves

Published on Thursday, 16 January 2014 19:03 - Written by

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A trio of would-be Massachusetts car thieves had to hit the brakes on their plan because none of them knew how to drive a stick.

Police in Springfield say the men pulled a knife on a food delivery driver Tuesday night and demanded the grub and his keys. But then they noticed the car had a manual transmission.

Sgt. John Delaney tells The Republican newspaper (http://bit.ly/1mahyod ) the thieves argued among themselves then ran down the street with their ill-gotten dinner.

The driver was not seriously hurt. There have been no arrests.

Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican,http://www.masslive.com/news/

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