06/25/2014 05:19 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Teens Try To Steal Elderly Woman's Car But Don't Know How To Drive A Stick Shift

Three teens tried to steal an elderly Seattle woman’s car at gunpoint on Saturday but realized too late that none of them knew how to operate the car's stick shift.

According to Seattle news outlet KOMO, Nancy Fredrickson, 70, was returning home after buying a sleeping bag at a local garage sale. She was unloading it from her trunk when she noticed the would-be thieves, one of whom allegedly pointed a gun in her face.

Fredrickson told KOMO one of the teens got ahold of her keys and the rest of the group climbed into the car, ready to make their escape. But they weren't able to drive away.

“I got a 5-speed in there, and they couldn’t figure out how to get it going,” Fredrickson said.

According to The Independent, less than 10 percent of new vehicles sold in the United States have a manual transmission. Despite having statistics on their side, the teens were forced to leave the keys in the car and sprint away through a nearby parking lot. (Surveillance footage of the teens fleeing can be viewed below.)

Though the suspects escaped, police were able to take fingerprints from the car and retrieve DNA and fiber evidence as well, according to Seattle’s KIROTV.



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