Woman accidentally stole auto, kept it for two weeks

An Ontario Woman Stole A Car By Mistake And Didn’t Realize For 2 Weeks

"My initial thought was, 'I'm going to have to find out where she got this vehicle from, or my God, how am I going to put cuffs on this elderly female, '" the Cornwall Community Police Service officer told As It Happens guest host Rosemary Barton.

Both vehicles require a key fob so the woman only had to push start.

Back-tracking through her trips, he asked her to drive with him to the Wal-Mart-where her actual-rental black Nissan Sentra still Saturday Putting together the pieces in his head and remembering his other distraught-over-a-recently-stolen-Infiniti customer, the manager made a call to police.

MacRae says it all started when the woman rented a black Nissan Sentra from the Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Cornwall on Saturday, June 23.

Both vehicles used a keyless entry remote, similar to this one.

Returning to the parking lot, she instead got into a black Infiniti QX50 crossover-SUV parked nearby, which she mistook for her rental and which was, unfortunately, open with the keys in the ignition. The owner of the auto left his fob in the vehicle, enabling the woman to drive away. After all, she had no inkling she'd stolen the vehicle she was driving.

The keys she turned in belonged to a Nissan Infiniti rather than a Sentra, leaving the manager "slightly confused", said police.

Two weeks later, when the woman tried to return that very same vehicle, the manager clued in.

The woman - who police described as being "confused and a wee bit embarrassed herself" - contacted police, explaining that she had accidentally taken an Infinity and driven around in it for two weeks. Police say she caused confusion when she tried to drop of an Infiniti - not the Nissan she originally rented.

In the end - It was the manager at the Enterprise who was able to crack the case.

There were no official charges so this story has a happy ending.

The woman was then brought to the Walmart parking lot, where the vehicle she had actually rented was still parked.

At this time, the owner of the Infiniti returned to the parking lot and discovered his vehicle was missing, to which he reported it stolen to local police.

"Once inside, the woman spoke to the manager and commented about how unkept the inside of the vehicle was and the fact that there was a set of golf clubs in it as well", reads a Facebook post from the Cornwall police explaining the mixup.

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