Elderly woman mistakenly steals auto, drives it for 2 weeks


A woman in Cornwall went for a bit of an accidental joy ride after confusing another man's vehicle for her rental.

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".

The woman rented a black Nissan Sentra and drove it to a local Walmart.

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He had remembered the owner of the Infiniti, who also went to Enterprise to rent a auto, thinking his vehicle was in fact stolen. She climbed in the unlocked vehicle, pushed the start button and drove home. When she completed her shopping, she returned to the vehicle she thought was hers, Seaway News reported. Constable Tommy MacKay who dealt with the incident said the man who owned the stolen Infiniti had a good laugh about it and the woman who stole it was embarrassed. The photos above also show how the cars aren't exactly the same but both black and similar!

From there she headed to Walmart, where she did a little shopping before tracking down a black vehicle in the sea of cars parked outside.

The auto started right up and she drove off because the vehicle, much like her rental did not use a key to start the auto, but a key fob.

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Meanwhile, for the next two weeks, the woman drove around in the vehicle oblivious to her mistake, though she did find it odd the "rental car" was rather dirty and had a set of golf clubs in the trunk. The rental auto manager examined the woman's keys and noted that, in fact, she had rented a Nissan Sentra, while the keys in her possession belonged to a Nissan Infiniti. "The woman was not impressed and handed over the keys". The pair of them retraced her path back to the Walmart where the Nissan was still sitting in the exact same spot she had parked it.

For two weeks, "love-thief" did not notice anything unusual. MacRae says the owner of the Infiniti had left his key fob in the vehicle, and left the doors unlocked.

In a lengthy Facebook post, the Cornwall Community Police Service warned motorists to never leave key fobs in cars when not in use. Cue a phone call to police and, soon after, a happy reunion between a vehicle whose rightful owner believed it had been stolen, instead of borrowed by mistake.

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