Police Nab Noontime Car Thief Who Couldn't Drive A Stick Shift

By: Rachel Cox Email
By: Rachel Cox Email
A would-be car thief didn

(Photo by Rachel Cox)

HARKER HEIGHTS (April 2, 2012)—Harker Heights police had one man in custody after they say someone stole a car that belongs to an employee at a local pizzeria.

An employee of the restaurant parked his car outside the store but left it running while he went inside the Papa John’s restaurant off Farm-to-Market 2410 in Harker Heights.

A customer came in and told the victim someone was stealing his car.

The victim called police after he saw a man breaking into his car outside and the employee and another man took off after the thief on foot and caught up to him just a short distance away.

The witness said the car thief was having trouble driving the car because it was a standard shift and the thief was not familiar with a manual transmission.

The thief ran back towards the restaurant where police took him into custody.

"He hit that dip pretty hard and it scraped the front of the car and he lost control he said it stalled out or something because he didn't know how to drive it, he kept it in first gear and he stalled out behind there and took off. That's when Jerry got his car and I was right there face to face with the suspect," witness Eric Perkins said.

Officers were investigating in and around a blue Mazda RX-8, which had some front-end damage as a result of the theft.

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