The woman, a local herself, wasn't a repentant vehicle thief, but merely confused and possibly in a rush on the day she rented a auto - a black Nissan Sentra - and drove straight to Walmart to do a little shopping. After all, she had no inkling she'd stolen the auto she was driving.
The stolen auto was a 2015 black Infiniti QX50, but the woman didn't notice it wasn't the sedan she had rented. The owner of the vehicle left his fob in the auto, enabling the woman to drive away. She climbed in the unlocked auto, pushed the start button and drove home.
A woman in Cornwall, Ontario accidentally stole a vehicle that she thought was her rental-despite the fact it was a different make, model and body-style. The owner said he had ducked into Walmart and returned to find his auto missing from the parking lot, according to police. The owner of the stolen Infiniti, an elderly man, had accidently left his key fob in the vehicle.
The woman then proceeded to drive the vehicle around for a full two weeks, using the Infiniti for her regular activities.
"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.
All was revealed when she finally returned the black Infiniti auto she had been driving, to a rental vehicle company, whereupon she was told it was the wrong vehicle and not the Nissan Sentra she had originally rented. "The woman was not impressed and handed over the keys". The woman, meanwhile, had unknowingly kept the keys to her rental. I got into the auto and I noticed different objects on the dashboard, then I noticed I got into the wrong vehicle. Each vehicle was returned to its rightful owner. There sat the Nissan Sentra, exactly where the woman had parked it two weeks earlier. I was embarrassed", while another added: "So both of them left their vehicle unlocked and keys in it?
The manager brought the woman back to Walmart where the Nissan was still parked.
"This isn't something you see everyday, but it is something that could happen", Stephanie MacRae, a spokesperson with the Cornwall Community Police Service, was quoted in the Post.