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Stick shift car dumbfounds Madison thieves

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MADISON (WKOW) — Another unlocked car, this time on Madison’s north side, was nearly stolen overnight, but its owner got some help thwarting the theft from his car’s transmission.

“Moved here in June,” Eric Weaver said. “First house. We just got married in June as well.”

Since then, he and his neighbors have experienced what many neighborhoods across Southern Wisconsin have, as well.

“Two guys on each side of the street, with a car moving down the street at the same pace, with doors open so they could jump in if they needed to,” Weaver said. “Looking for cars that were unlocked.”

Wednesday night, Weaver thought he had locked his car.

“Of course it’s the one night that you don’t that they hit you,” he said.

Thieves used his garage door opener to get inside and take several things, including his wife’s purse, keys, credit card and IDs.

Weaver woke up to find his keys inside his car and his glove box ransacked, but his car was exactly where he left it.

“They couldn’t move it because they couldn’t put it in reverse,” he said.

Both Weaver and Madison Police say it was the stick shift that stopped the thieves.

Others in his neighborhood haven’t been so lucky, with multiple cars taken along his block in the last year.

“I think the police are doing a great job, I mean they’re doing what they do to catch these guys,” Weaver said. “They arrest them, and they basically just get off because they’re kids. I think there needs to be more accountability for them, especially in 2019.”

For now, while they’re still out there, Weaver is making sure he’s not a victim again.

“We’ll be installing security cameras all over the place after this,” he said.

Other neighbors told 27 News they’ve been purchasing security systems and video doorbells as well to try to catch the thieves and put an end to the thefts.

Andrew Merica

Reporter/Producer, 27 News

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