This might be a new one. A recent armed Toronto carjacking went wrong because the two young attempted thieves didn't know how to drive stick. The car in question was not an automatic drive, so they were left with no choice but to abandon ship.

Toronto Police's news release says the incident occurred last month at York University. The armed assailants were actually both minors.

They failed to steal the car itself because, well, they didn't know how. A 15-year-old and 17-year old boy are each facing multiple charges.

According to the news release, on November 28, a 22-year-old man had parked his car at around 3 a.m. in the secure parking lot at York University near The Chimneystack road.

He was then stalked by two suspects who are thought to have been watching him. He was ambushed behind one of the uni's buildings, put in a headlock, and "a handgun was pressed into his stomach."

The release explains that the victim had already handed over his personal belongings, phone, car keys, and cash before the teens tried to steal his car.

Once they realized they didn't know what they were doing, the pair stole what was inside the vehicle and fled the scene.

According to CP24, officers subsequently searched a house in the Jane Street and Finch Avenue West area.

There, they recovered a gun, which was found to be a semi-automatic pistol, and arrested both boys.

The duo appeared at court on December 3, 2019.

The 15-year-old was arrested on 18 charges, including robbery with a firearm, attempt theft over $5000, and two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Meanwhile, the 17-year-old had 10 charges laid against his name, including forcible confinement, robbery with a firearm, and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

This rather unusual failed attempt by the two boys has left some commenters on social media pretty unimpressed.

In fact, many are suggesting — albeit perhaps jokingly — the buying of a stick-shift car as a form of anti-theft protection.

"My next car is going to be a manual," says one user. 

While this is a particularly notable example, carjackings are a serious crime, particular when a handgun is involved.

Police ask anyone with more information to get in touch at 416-808-3104, at Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477, online at www.222tips.com, at their Facebook Leave a Tip page, or by texting TOR and your message to 274637.

There was no word on whether the car was a Ford.

Narcity has reached out to Toronto Police for comment.


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