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Teens’ plot to steal car from 70-year-old woman thwarted by manual transmission

SEATTLE — Three teenagers held a 70-year-old woman at gunpoint and stole her car keys Saturday afternoon, police said. Just one problem: none of them knew how to drive a car with manual transmission.

Police said the suspects were unable to drive the car, so they got out and ran.

Officers searched the area near the 1400 block of South Main Street around 4:30 p.m., but could not find any of the suspects.

Investigators collected DNA/fiber evidence from the car and got surveillance footage from a nearby business that shows the suspects running away through a parking lot.

The victim was not hurt and no damage was done to her car.

If you have any information, contact the Seattle Police Department.

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4 comments

  • pete1427

    There have been numerous car jackings, and car thefts that were thwarted
    because the vehicle had manual (stick shift) transmissions in the news
    over the last couple of years.
    It has been over 50 years since I had my driver's education classes, but the
    vehicles used all had manual transmissions. The concept back then was
    that if one could drive with a manual transmission, then driving using a
    automatic transmission would be easy.
    Stories like this one make me happy that many drivers today do not have a
    clue about the art of driving a manual transmission, specially the bozos that
    attempt to take other people's property.
    I am glad that the lady was not injured, and that her vehicle was not damaged
    by these fools.
    YouTube has more than one story about such attempted thefts, or car jackings.