NICK EICHER, HOST: Police in Wisconsin credit a rather uncommon anti-theft feature and say it may have stopped a grand-theft-auto before it got started.
A woman in the capital city, Madison, woke up one morning to find that someone had been inside her home. Her purse was missing and along with it, her car keys.
But when she walked into her garage, she found the garage door and the driver’s side door of her car both wide open with the keys still dangling from the ignition.
What saved the car was not a howling alarm, not a computerized ignition kill switch. Nope, the perpetrators evidently gave up after finding it was a manual transmission. Couldn’t drive a stick!
Police eventually found the stolen purse in another car stolen from another location and later abandoned. That car apparently had an automatic transmission.
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