Ontario woman accidentally steals car that she thought was her rental

The stolen car at the centre of the story is a 2015 black Infiniti QX50

The stolen car at the centre of the story is a 2015 black Infiniti QX50

A woman was in need of a vehicle and rented a black Nissan Sentra from an Enterprise Rent-A-Car center in Cornwall.

When a auto is stolen, it's atypical for anyone to laugh about it - the seriousness of what has been stolen, including what is possibly inside the vehicle, doesn't elicit a humorous response.

Cornwall police say she drove the rented black Nissan Sentra sedan to a nearby Walmart to pick up some groceries, but upon exiting the store she got into a black Infiniti QX50 luxury SUV parked nearby instead.

Soon after, police received a report about a black Nissan Infiniti that had been stolen in the same parking lot. Since the rental auto used the same system she was none the wiser to the mixup and drove off on her merry way.

According to police in Cornwall, the mixup was only discovered after the woman tried to return the auto, which had been reported stolen, to the rental company she had got the original vehicle from.

The woman got into the unlocked auto, pressed the keyless start button, and drove off - oblivious to the fact it was a completely different vehicle to her own rental.

Immediately afterwards, she drove to a Walmart department store for a shop before finding what she thought was her auto in the vehicle park.

"The woman spoke to the manager and commented about how unkept [sic] the inside of the vehicle was and the fact that there was a set of golf clubs in it as well", the post read.

That car's owner had also been shopping in Walmart before realising his vehicle had vanished. Unfortunately, instead of her vehicle, she had gotten into another black auto.

She used the auto for two weeks, going about her daily activities normally; seemingly unaware that the vehicle she was in was not the one she had rented. Yes, the cops were involved, but luckily, they chose not to arrest or press charges against the woman. "She drove around and did her daily business in this stolen vehicle for two weeks", as Constable MacKay puts it. When they reached the Walmart parking lot, the rental auto was still sitting in the same spot where it had been parked two weeks before, police noted.

"The manager and the woman, who was now confused and a wee bit embarrassed herself, returned to the vehicle rental company and contacted police, providing the information for the Infiniti and what took place", the post stated.

Police described the incident as a "happy ending to a complicated auto rental" and warned drivers over electronic key fobs. Cue a phone call to police and, soon after, a happy reunion between a auto whose rightful owner believed it had been stolen, instead of borrowed by mistake.

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