NJ teens foiled by stick shift during botched carjacking: cops


An attempted carjacking in New Jersey stalled out when three teens couldn’t figure out how to drive a stick shift, police said.

The three 15-year-olds — who aren’t even old enough to drive in the Garden State — got nowhere fast after allegedly swiping a deliveryman’s 2006 Honda Civic with manual transmission in Pleasantville late Monday, cops told The Post.

Two of the teens couldn’t figure out how to get the car, which was left running as the worker dropped off an order, into gear because neither knew how to drive a stick shift, Pleasantville police Lt. Stacey Schlachter said.

“They didn’t know how to drive it,” Schlachter said Wednesday. “That’s the reason why they got caught so quickly.”

The pair started assaulting the deliveryman when he came back to his ride — with a third joining the melee as they punched and kicked the victim to the ground, police said.

The delivery worker, who is in his late 40s, was not seriously hurt, cops said.

The teens — two from Pleasantville and one from Atlantic City — were later busted on charges of conspiracy to commit carjacking, aggravated assault and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, according to police.

According to police, the three teens were unable to successfully pull off the carjacking due to the fact that neither of them knew how to drive stick shift.
According to police, the three teens were unable to successfully pull off the carjacking due to the fact that neither of them knew how to drive stick shift.
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The trio of would-be carjackers were taken into custody at the Atlantic County Juvenile Detention Center, police said.



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