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Police: Clerk's stick shifted robbery awry

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SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Two people robbed a Shippensburg area gas station and tried to take off with the clerk's car, but the crime went awry because they couldn't drive a stick shift, according to police.

Bethany Faith Heller, 32, of New Cumberland, and Joshua Edward Briggs, 33, of Chambersburg, had demanded cash Monday night from Isha's Food and Fuel Mart, at 8256 Old Scotland Road in Southampton Township, Franklin County, state police said.

Heller pretended to have a weapon in a covered hand, and the two also demanded the clerk's car keys, police said.

They fled the store with $75 and the key, but were forced to abandon the car when Heller couldn't operate the manual transmission, police said, and responding troopers found the pair hiding in a nearby parking lot.

Heller was charged with robbery, theft, attempted robbery and attempted theft. Briggs was charged with attempted theft and three counts of criminal conspiracy.

Both were sent to the Franklin County Jail on $100,000 bail.

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