Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Woman accidentally stole auto, kept it for two weeks


The saga began this past June when a woman from Cornwall, ON, which is about an hour west of Montreal, rented a black Nissan Sentra from a vehicle rental company.

The auto started right up and she drove off because the vehicle, much like her rental did not use a key to start the auto, but a key fob.

According to police in Cornwall, the mixup was only discovered after the woman tried to return the auto, which had been reported stolen, to the rental company she had got the original vehicle from.

"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. According to police, she complained to the manager about the state of the vehicle, saying that the inside was poorly cleaned and that there was a set of golf clubs left in the auto.

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. She mistook the mans 2015 Infiniti QX50 as her auto after doing her shopping and drove off. The man whose auto was stolen found the entire thing hilarious, and gave a healthy "chuckle" when his vehicle was returned to him.

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

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Police say that both of these cars use key fobs to unlock and start the auto.

After asking the woman where she went after leaving the vehicle rental two weeks before, the woman explained what happened and together the pair returned to the scene of the crime - to the Walmart parking lot where the Nissan she had rented was still parked.

Together, they returned to the Walmart she had visited shortly after making the rental. "And she was giving the manager the business on renting her a dirty vehicle", MacKay said. She also said there were papers in the glove compartment and a dirty ashtray, but it still wasn't enough to tip her off.

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

Since the Infiniti owner had reported his vehicle stolen, the police were able to track him down and return the auto. After they realized what had happened, the first thing they did was call the police.

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