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Stick shift foils carjackers

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Two would-be carjackers in St. Petersburg, Fla., had to make a getaway on foot because they were unable to drive a stick shift.

The robbery occurred at about 1 a.m. Friday at a business with a locked gate, the St. Petersburg Times reported. The victims were a man who had dropped off a work truck there and his girlfriend, who had come to pick him up driving her manual transmission Nissan.

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The couple told police two men approached them as the man returned to the car after locking the gate. One of the men pointed a gun at them and told them to get out of the car and hand over their money and cellphone.

The men got into the car and tried to drive away but were foiled by the stick shift. They ran off with a cellphone but without the car.

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