"For the next two weeks, the woman drove around and used the black auto for her regular everyday activities", seemingly oblivious to the fact that the vehicle she was driving was not the same one that she had rented, the police said.
A CANADIAN woman "stole" a complete stranger's auto following an nearly unbelievable carpark stuff-up.
In a Facebook post from July 8, Cornwall Community Police Service said a woman rented a black Nissan Sentra from a rental company in late June. Police located the owner soon after and the vehicle was returned to him. The Infiniti QX50 owner was not long after given back his SUV.
The first hint of the swap came last weekend, when she attempted to return the vehicle to the rental company. The owner said he had ducked into Walmart and returned to find his vehicle missing from the parking lot, according to police. Unfortunately, instead of her vehicle, she had gotten into another black auto.
What started out as a routine auto rental turned into a lesson about the importance of not leaving electronic key fobs in unoccupied vehicles, according to police in Cornwall, Ont.
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That car's owner had also been shopping in Walmart before realising his vehicle had vanished.
When the woman returned the vehicle to the rental agency they were confused when she handed over the Infiniti key. Yes, the cops were involved, but luckily, they chose not to arrest or press charges against the woman. "The manager observed the vehicle and asked the woman where she got it".
Following the comical situation, police warned drivers to not to leave key fobs in their cars, because you never know who might take it.
It took the manager of the branch driving her to the Walmart parking lot where her rental sat for her to see the accidental thief.
Though police say there was a "happy and amusing ending to this story", they say it serves as a flawless reminder not to leave key fobs in unattended vehicles.
Eventually they drove over to the Wal Mart where they found the rental vehicle and called police.