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Niles police apprehended two men late Thursday who authorities believe unsuccessfully tried to steal a truck from a concrete business because they were unable to drive a vehicle with manual transmission.
Rahan A. Jenkins, 20, of Warren, and Clemice Thomas, 18, of Niles, were apprehended after a foot chase with police at about 10:30 p.m. Both were arrested on charges of vehicle theft and breaking and entering and are being held at the Trumbull County Jail on $7,500 bond.
Witnesses told police they saw the duo driving the truck stolen from Marchese Concrete on Mason Street. Witnesses said the car was barely moving and the driver was grinding gears.
When police arrived, the duo jumped out of the truck and ran. Warren police’s K-9 unit helped catch one man and Niles police chased down the other.
“Afternoon and midnight turn both got a call that there was a dump truck that was making a lot of noise and obviously the young guys that stole it didn’t know how to drive stick shift, so they were grinding the gears and they finally gave up and abandoned it on Pratt Street,” said Niles Police Chief Ken Criswell.
Niles police wrote about the incident on their Facebook page with this comment: “Life lesson— Don’t steal, but if you are going to try to steal a truck with a manual transmission, make sure you can drive stick.”