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Manual transmission stymies Massachusetts car thieves

The Associated Press
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Springfield police say three men who jumped a food delivery driver also wanted to steal his car but ran into a major problem – none of them knew how to operate a manual transmission.

The driver told police he stopped to make a delivery about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday. He called the number on the order to say he had arrived.

But moments later, he was rushed by three men, one of whom had a knife.

Sgt. John Delaney says they demanded the food and his car keys.

That’s when they noticed the pesky stick shift.

Delaney tells The Republican newspaper 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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