Woman accidentally steals auto for two weeks

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In Cornwall, Ont., the where-the-hell-did-I-park scenario took on a unusual and novel twist recently, after a black Nissan Infiniti, that was reported missing from a Walmart parking lot in late June, was found when a woman tried to return it to a local vehicle rental company.

Cornwall Constable Tommy McKay told the CBC: "My initial thought was, 'I'm going to have to find out where she got this vehicle from, or my God, how am I going to put cuffs on this elderly female'".

The saga began in late June when a woman rented a black Nissan Sentra from Enterprise Rent-A-Car company in Cornwall, Ont., about an hour west of Montreal.

A woman accidentally ended up swapping her rental auto for another man's vehicle in the parking lot of a Walmart in Cornwall, Ontario.


Apparently, the Infiniti owner had left his key fob in the vehicle, so the door opened and she was able to start it. The mix-up happened after the female motorist accidentally got into a similar looking vehicle - a black Infiniti, after completing her shopping at Wal-Mart.

Following the comical situation, police warned drivers to not to leave key fobs in their cars, because you never know who might take it. And she didn't realize her mistake for another two weeks.

By now the manager was "slightly confused", police say.

It was the manager at the vehicle rental company who finally pieced together what had happened.


The woman drove the auto around for two weeks, then tried to return it to the rental vehicle company, police say. The keys the woman had returned belonged to an Infiniti vehicle, not the Nissan she had rented. There were papers in the glove box and cigarette butts in the ashtray, and even a set of golf clubs in the trunk. The owner of the stolen Infiniti, an elderly man, had accidently left his key fob in the vehicle.

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. She informed the manager that she wasn't entirely happy with the vehicle.

She immediately phoned police to explain the situation.

He had remembered the owner of the Infiniti, who also went to Enterprise to rent a auto, thinking his vehicle was in fact stolen.


The manager called the cops, but MacKay refused to arrest the woman.

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