Wednesday, 20 February, 2019

Cornwall woman accidentally steals car from Walmart parking lot

An Ontario Woman Stole A Car By Mistake And Didn’t Realize For 2 Weeks Fobbed off: woman accidentally steals car for two weeks after key mix-up
Deanna Wagner | 12 July, 2018, 12:51

Police in Cornwall say the woman made an "honest mistake" when she drove off in a vehicle, mistaking it for the one she had rented.

When the woman left the store, instead of returning to the Nissan, she entered a black Infiniti QX50 that was parked in the store's lot and took off.

The saga began this past June when a woman from Cornwall, ON, which is about an hour west of Montreal, rented a black Nissan Sentra from a vehicle rental company.

An Ontario woman went on a two-week long joyride this summer, after accidentally mistaking someone else's auto as her own.

Police say both cars used fobs, which means they don't require a key to start the auto and it turned out the owner of the stolen Infiniti had left his key fob inside the vehicle.

Back-tracking through her trips, he asked her to drive with him to the Wal-Mart-where her actual-rental black Nissan Sentra still Saturday Putting together the pieces in his head and remembering his other distraught-over-a-recently-stolen-Infiniti customer, the manager made a call to police.

"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.

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Upon returning the auto the woman explained her frustrations with the vehicle rental agency.

Police are reminding people never to leave your auto keys or key fob in the vehicle. Police stressed: "Never leave a key fob in a vehicle unless it's being driven".

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

In the end - It was the manager at the Enterprise who was able to crack the case.

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.

None of this tipped her off, until the manager drove with her over to the Walmart parking lot where the Nissan she had rented was still parked.

She immediately phoned police to explain the situation. 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. The agent then called the police to tell them what happened.