In the hypothetical manual for committing a carjacking, it says clearly on page 3 for would-be thieves to ensure their driving skills are sufficient for the vehicle of their choice.
Anthony Reynolds of New Jersey must have skipped that page. He pleaded guilty in September motor vehicle theft, according to Fox News New York. At the time, authorities said the 18-year-old had been riding in a stolen BMW with someone else when he spotted a vehicle he apparently liked better: a Porsche 911 Turbo, according to the story.
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However, the story says that after stealing the Porsche at gun point, Reynolds couldn't start the car because it operated with a manual transmission. Oops.
So, he ran away on foot, which is a poor form of transportation for a car thief.
Police caught him shortly afterward and this week, Fox reports he has been sentenced to 55 months in prison.
Strangely enough, a cursory glance through headlines reveals Reynolds has company.
A few months ago in January, Randolph Bean in Orlando, Florida was nearly the victim of a car theft when he pulled over at night in his yellow Corvette, according Fox News Orlando.
But when the thieves demanded instructions for driving the car, the situation turned odd. Bean said he explained to the carjackers several times that they needed to push the clutch but in the end, the thieves gave up and ran away on foot.
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An attempted carjacking last fall became a source of amusement for television anchors when a security camera captured the thief trying to chug a stolen truck forward, stalling it and then getting out and running away, according to the video broadcast by CBS.
It might be a statement on the state of education that even those in the trade of car theft haven't properly learned their trade.
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