Truly, the skill set of the two-bit crook has degraded.
Police in Escambia County, Fla., arrested Antoren Bell, aka "Chief Keef," May 18 following an attempted robbery that was foiled because the would-be car thief could not drive his mark, a manual transmission vehicle.
According to a June 19 news report by ABC affiliate WEAR, police said Bell and two others flagged down their victim along a highway by appearing to need a ride. When the woman stopped, police said Bell pulled a gun, forced her out of the car and got in.
He didn't get far.
The 19-year-old soon realized the car was a stick, and abandoned the vehicle after unsuccessfully attempting to operate it, according to a Facebook post from the Escambia County Sheriff's Office. Bell was later picked out of a police line-up and has been charged with vehicle theft, robbery and criminal mischief.
If this sounds familiar, it should: In January, two armed robbers tried to steal an Orlando man's Corvette but couldn't get the car started.
"I had to tell him four different times to push in the clutch, because it's a standard transmission," Randolph Bean, owner of the car, told WOFL-TV at the time.