Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Ontario woman accidentally steals vehicle she mistook for her rental

Ontario woman accidentally steals vehicle she mistook for her rental

It turns out the vehicle she thought was her rental was actually a 2015 black Infiniti QX50, a hatchback - which was obviously not the sedan she had originally rented.

After leaving the store, the woman got into a vehicle that resembled her new rental, however she got into a 2015 black Infiniti QX50.

Shortly afterwards, Cornwall police received a call from a man who left Walmart only to find his vehicle, a black Infiniti, missing from the parking lot.

A woman in Cornwall went for a bit of an accidental joy ride after confusing another man's vehicle for her rental. "You should never leave your key fob or keys in your vehicle - and always keep in mind to lock your auto doors before walking away from your auto".

She then made her way to the local Walmart to do some shopping.

By now the manager was "slightly confused", police say. When the woman who stole the auto tried to return the vehicle, the manager realized what happened.

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

Though police say there was a "happy and amusing ending to this story", they say it serves as a ideal reminder not to leave key fobs in unattended vehicles. 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.

When, dropping off the Infiniti at the Enterprise outlet, she complained to the rental manager about the messy interior and the clubs, he noted the key he'd given her didn't match the vehicle she'd returned. "And she was giving the manager the business on renting her a dirty vehicle", MacKay said. "She drove around and did her daily business in this stolen vehicle for two weeks", as Constable MacKay puts it.

She immediately phoned police to explain the situation.

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.

At this time, the owner of the Infiniti returned to the parking lot and discovered his auto was missing, to which he reported it stolen to local police. "Once inside, the woman spoke to the manager and commented about how unkempt the inside of the vehicle was and the fact that there was a set of golf clubs in it as well", police said on Facebook.

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