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Originally published Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 1:46 PM

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Manual transmission stymies Mass. car thieves

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.


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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. —

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.

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



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