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Thief dumps vehicle after realizing he can't drive stick shift, police say

Thief dumps vehicle after realizing he can't drive stick shift, police say
Man abandons stolen vehicle after realizing he can't drive stick shift, Concord police say.

A would-be car thief in Concord, Calif., had to abandon a stolen vehicle Sunday after he was confounded by the stick shift, police say.

Authorities say the man was inside the vehicle a little after midnight Sunday. The car's owner didn't realize it and got into the car.

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The man allegedly brandished a handgun and ordered the car owner to drive to a nearby location.

After stealing the car owner's money, the man forced the owner out of the vehicle, police said.

Then there was a hitch.

Police said the culprit couldn't quite figure out how to work the vehicle's manual transmission, or stick shift. As a result, he abandoned the vehicle.

The man fled on foot.

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