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VIDEO: Teen Carjackers Nabbed After Failed Attempt To Steal Stick-Shift Car

Germantown, MD – Two teenage carjackers were busted in Montgomery County on Saturday after they couldn’t drive the car they’d stolen because it had a manual transmission (video below).

The incident occurred on March 25 at the Sunoco gas station located in the 19200-block of Frederick Road in Germantown, WJLA reported.

Surveillance video from cameras at the gas station showed that a customer had just finished pumping his gas and was just getting back into his car when he saw the teenage would-be carjackers running toward him.

The video showed the teen grabbed the driver’s door as the man fought back to try and close it.

Once they got the door open, the video showed the suspects grabbed the driver and dragged him out of his vehicle.

Then they took the vehicle’s keys from their victim and hopped into the blue four-door sedan to make their getaway, the video showed.

That’s when things went sideways for the would-be car thieves.

It turned out that neither of the teenage boys knew how to drive a stick shift and the stolen vehicle had a manual transmission.

The security video showed the boys shut the car doors as if to leave and then paused.

A split-second later, the passenger hopped out of the stolen car and started running, leaving his partner-in-crime in the driver’s seat.

A second after that, the driver followed his friend and fled on foot from the parking lot, the video showed.

Police were called and a brief foot chase ensued after the responding officers spotted the suspect, WJLA reported.

The teens were quickly taken into custody and booked into the Montgomery County jail.

They have been identified as a 15-year-old boy from Rockville and a 17-year-old boy from DC, WJLA reported.

Montgomery County police said both of the suspects had been charged as adults with one count of carjacking and one count of conspiracy carjacking.

Both suspects were held without bond, WJLA reported.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below:

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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