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Quick Takes

"Quick Takes" Continued...

Issue: "2008 Daniel of the Year," Dec. 13, 2008

Criminal minds

Forget LoJack, The Club, and other anti-theft devices for your car. If one botched auto theft in Kansas City, Mo., is any indication, a manual transmission might be just as effective. Police say an adult and a juvenile male attempted to carjack a woman at 11 p.m. on Nov. 17 at gunpoint. After the woman made way for the thieves, the two males attempted to drive off in her car. But the pair's crime stalled when neither could figure out how to work the stick shift. The two were arrested later that night.

Junkyard dogs

How destructive were the joy rides taken by three Florida juveniles? They caused $3,225 worth of damage-in a junkyard. Police say a 16-year-old, 13-year-old, and 11-year-old broke into the Greenleaf Auto Recyclers junkyard in Crestview, Fla., on Oct. 26 and embarked on a demolition derby that has earned them felony charges. The children broke into and drove five vehicles in the salvage yard, causing damage to six. The youngest, who was caught in a Dodge pickup that had become stuck in mud, was eventually arrested on Nov. 12 at his elementary school and, with his two teen accomplices, charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

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