The woman pointed out the area she had parked in, only to find the black Nissan Sentra still sitting there.
A CANADIAN woman "stole" a complete stranger's vehicle following an nearly unbelievable carpark stuff-up.
Police say the woman initially rented a black sedan from Enterprise in Cornwall in June.
The man, who had reported his auto stolen, had his vehicle returned to him. The manager, now slightly confused, observed the keys to belong to an Infinity, a vehicle the woman did not rent. When the woman who stole the auto tried to return the vehicle, the manager realized what happened. 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.
Apparently, the Infiniti owner had left his key fob in the vehicle, so the door opened and she was able to start it. She informed the manager that she wasn't entirely happy with the vehicle. She then drove to a nearby Walmart to do a spot of shopping, which is when she accidentally switched cars, leaving the rental and stealing someone else's ride.
That's when the manager connected the dots and realized the auto she had returned belonged to an older gentleman who, 2 weeks earlier, had come in to rent a vehicle after his had been stolen - you guessed it - from the Walmart parking lot.
"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.
At the end of the two weeks, the woman returned the auto back to the rental company, but was met with confused faces. Yes, the cops were involved, but luckily, they chose not to arrest or press charges against the woman. Each vehicle was returned to its rightful owner. For two weeks, this woman drove around in another person's vehicle.
Police are reminding people never to leave your auto keys or key fob in the vehicle.
An Ontario woman went on a two-week long joyride this summer, after accidentally mistaking someone else's auto as her own. After they realized what had happened, the first thing they did was call the police.
Though police say there was a "happy and amusing ending to this story", they say it serves as a flawless reminder not to leave key fobs in unattended vehicles.