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[February 14, 2013]
Failed carjacking: Corvette's stick shift thwarts Orlando man
Feb 14, 2013 (Orlando Sentinel - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Norris Sayles should have quit while he was ahead.
Orlando police said the 20-year-old tried to carjack a man inside a Corvette near Orlando Regional Medical Center late last month, but couldn't steal the car because he didn't know how to use the clutch or stick-shift.
He and his accomplice ran away from the car, but not before stealing the victim's wallet and cell phone, police said.
Soon after the failed carjacking, the victim's credit card was used at a McDonald's on Kirkman Road. Surveillance video inside the restaurant showed Sayles at the register, placing an order at about 12:15 a.m. Jan. 28.
Not long after, the stolen cellphone's internal GPS registered with the phone company. Authorities tracked the phone to a home on Grandiflora Drive in a neighborhood off Kirkman Road.
On Feb. 8, police went to the home, and Sayles answered the door. Officers noted in their arrest report that they immediately recognized him from the surveillance video inside the McDonald's.
When asked why the victim's stolen cellphone would detect at his house, the report said, Sayles said a lot of people come to his residence and they could have brought it.
On Wednesday, police arrested Sayles on charges of attempted carjacking, robbery and possessing a stolen credit card. He remained at the Orange County Jail on Thursday.
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