Woman accidentally stole auto, kept it for two weeks

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

Neither of the cars required keys to start the engine instead using key fobs, which the owner left in the vehicle.

Ontario Constable Tommy MacKay says the woman made the mistake shortly after picking up her rental, a Nissan Sentra and driving just down the road to a local Wal Mart. Unfortunately, instead of her auto, she had gotten into another black vehicle.

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

While they described it as a "happy ending to a complicated vehicle rental", police cast the story as a broader warning over electronic key fobs.

This allowed the woman to drive off, completely unaware that it wasn't her rental.

Coincidentally, the man whose auto was stolen came into the same rental place a few days later and told the manager about how his vehicle had been stolen from the Wal Mart.

The keys she turned in belonged to a Nissan Infiniti rather than a Sentra, leaving the manager "slightly confused", said police. That's when the manager connected the dots and realized the vehicle she had returned belonged to an older gentleman who, 2 weeks earlier, had come in to rent a auto after his had been stolen - you guessed it - from the Walmart parking lot.

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

At first, he tried to tell her that the company didn't even rent that model - but she was having none of it.

It can happen out there, amid life's hustle and bustle, when you are in a rush and your mind is in a million different places, and you park your vehicle, for instance, in an underground parking lot, and return some time later, after running an errand, and realize you have no recollection as to where you actually parked the auto in the first place.

She was giving the manager the business on renting her a dirty vehicle. She also said there were papers in the glove compartment and a dirty ashtray, but it still wasn't enough to tip her off.

MacKay said he has been an officer for 11 years and has never experienced anything like this, but is glad that it had a happy ending.

The manager called the cops, but MacKay refused to arrest the woman.

He said the woman - who won't face any charges - was a "bit embarrassed" but shrugged it off, and the man whose vehicle was stolen "had a good chuckle".

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