Police Want Public’s Help Identifying Would-Be Carjackers at Westfield Montgomery Mall

Attempted vehicle theft occurred last week in a parking garage

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A grainy image from surveillance video provided by Montgomery County police shows one of two carjacking suspects in a Westfield Montgomery mall parking garage.

Screenshot via Montgomery County Police

Montgomery County police say two people attempting a carjacking at Westfield Montgomery mall in Bethesda were thwarted by an unexpected source—a stick shift.

Police said a man was walking back to his parked car in a parking garage around 9 p.m. Aug. 2 when two suspects approached him, implying they had a weapon and demanding the key to his car.

The suspects hopped in the car and started it, and then …

“Detectives believe that the suspects then realized that they could not drive a manual transmission,” a police release stated. No information about the make and model of the car was provided.

The suspects ran away and were last seen on the second level of the parking garage.

Police released video surveillance on Wednesday in an effort to identify the would-be carjackers.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5100.

Anonymous tipsters can call Crime Solvers of Montgomery County at 866-411-8477 (TIPS). Crime Solvers may pay a cash reward of up to $10,000 for information.

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