Saturday, December 13, 2014

Shiftless Thievery


1960 Ford manual transmission 04-15-13Police say two carjackers almost got away with a vehicle near Ocala’s downtown skating rink Wednesday night — but they didn’t know how to drive a stick shift.

Ocala Police Department officers spoke with the owner of a 2014 Toyota Corolla near the city’s ice skating rink. The man told them he was sitting in his car talking on his cellphone when a man with a gun tapped on the driver’s side window. Another man stood by the passenger’s side window.

The gunman demanded he get out of the car and hand over his money. The victim said he told the man he didn’t have any cash. The robber ordered him to give him his wallet, which he did. The robber then demanded his keys, a report states.

The victim handed over the keys and quickly walked away from the car and headed west toward Southeast First Avenue. He said he saw the robbers trying to drive away, but they had trouble making the car move.

The victim, meanwhile, stopped another motorist and asked the person to call police. Before officers arrived, the robbers ran from the car, which still had the keys in the ignition.

Kids these days.

5 barks and woofs on “Shiftless Thievery

  1. No, you have to be over 75 to remember how to work the clutch. I worry whenever I turn over the keys to the kid at the car wash and watch through the steamy window like a new mother with a child in pre-school.

  2. I am not over 75 and I can drive a stick. I owned a Volkswagen when I got married. My ex-wife drove around town in 1st gear, she never could get the hang of shifting gears.

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