Ontario woman accidentally steals auto she mistook for her rental

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

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

Cornwall Constable Tommy McKay told the CBC: "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'".

And so began the sleuthing, as the vehicle rental manager and the embarrassed renter started retracing her steps, beginning in the Walmart parking lot.

The woman rented a black Nissan Sentra compact sedan from an Enterprise outlet, drove it to a Wal-Mart about two kilometres away and went shopping, explained the National Post.

All was revealed when she finally returned the black Infiniti vehicle she had been driving, to a rental auto company, whereupon she was told it was the wrong auto and not the Nissan Sentra she had originally rented.

The woman took not only the auto, she also managed to take the golf clubs that the owner had been storing in the back.

Both cars use a key fob, which doesn't require a key to start the vehicle.

This allowed the woman to drive off, completely unaware that it wasn't her rental. After convincing her that the vehicle was not the one she had taken from the lot, they worked to trace her steps over the past two weeks.

It was the manager at the auto rental company who finally pieced together what had happened.

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.

"In conversation with the manager of that establishment it came out that he was the owner of a black Infiniti that was recently stolen", MacKay said.

And it wasn't until this past weekend when the woman returned the vehicle to the same auto rental company that the manager pieced the entire situation together and realized what had happened. The keys the woman had returned belonged to an Infiniti vehicle, not the Nissan she had rented.

She was giving the manager the business on renting her a dirty vehicle.

There were no official charges so this story has a happy ending. The manager then called the police. Soon after, a local man exited the store and began wandering about the parking lot in an increasing state of agitation, before concluding that his black Nissan Infiniti had been stolen, and calling police to report the theft. She informed the manager that she wasn't entirely happy with the vehicle.

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