Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Ontario woman becomes accidental vehicle thief after key fob mix-up

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.

After leaving the store, the woman got into a vehicle that resembled her new rental, however she got into a 2015 black Infiniti QX50.

Ontario Constable Tommy MacKay says the woman made the mistake shortly after picking up her rental, a Nissan Sentra and driving just down the road to a local Wal Mart.

An elderly Canadian woman inadvertently stole a vehicle and kept it for two weeks in late June after mistaking it for the one she had just rented.

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Both vehicles require a key fob so the woman only had to push start. After getting the auto, she stopped off at a nearby Walmart to shop, before returning to the parking lot, hopping in a black vehicle and driving home. Police stressed: "Never leave a key fob in a vehicle unless it's being driven".

By now the manager was "slightly confused", police say. After convincing her that the vehicle was not the one she had taken from the lot, they worked to trace her steps over the past two weeks.

The woman drove the vehicle for two weeks before trying to return it back to Enterprise.

In the end - It was the manager at the Enterprise who was able to crack the case. The keys the woman had returned belonged to an Infiniti vehicle, not the Nissan she had rented.

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The woman then proceeded to drive the vehicle around for a full two weeks, using the Infiniti for her regular activities.

"The manager was quite puzzled, as she's turning in keys to an Infiniti, when she rented a Nissan in the first place", MacRae said. The owner said he had ducked into Walmart and returned to find his auto missing from the parking lot, according to police.

She immediately phoned police to explain the situation.

The manager and the woman, who police say was a "wee bit embarrassed" by this point, contacted police.

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There were no official charges so this story has a happy ending. 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.

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