Cornwall woman takes vehicle for accidental, two-week joyride

Evarado Alatorre
Julio 12, 2018

In Cornwall, Ont., the where-the-hell-did-I-park scenario took on a odd 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 auto rental company. Shortly after, she returned to the parking lot, got into a black vehicle and headed home.

Shortly afterwards, Cornwall police received a call from a man who left Walmart only to find his auto, a black Infiniti, missing from the parking lot.

A Cornwall woman will not face any charges after accidentally stealing a vehicle for two weeks. "You should never leave your key fob or keys in your vehicle - and always keep in mind to lock your auto doors before walking away from your auto".

"We investigate stolen vehicles but this is definitely a unique situation for us", said Stephanie MacRae, communications coordinator with Cornwall Police.

Back-tracking through her trips, he asked her to drive with him to the Wal-Mart-where her actual-rental black Nissan Sentra still Saturday Putting together the pieces in his head and remembering his other distraught-over-a-recently-stolen-Infiniti customer, the manager made a call to police.

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"You should never leave your key fob or keys in your vehicle - and always keep in mind to lock your auto doors before walking away from your auto". And she didn't realize her mistake for another two weeks.

In the end - It was the manager at the Enterprise who was able to crack the case.

The woman drove the auto around for two weeks, then tried to return it to the rental vehicle company, police say. Police say she caused confusion when she tried to drop of an Infiniti - not the Nissan she originally rented. The owner of the stolen Infiniti, an elderly man, had accidently left his key fob in the vehicle. For one, it was messy when she picked it up - and there was a set of golf clubs in the trunk. "And she was giving the manager the business on renting her a dirty vehicle", MacKay said. They even tried to explain that the model she was trying to return wasn't on file but she apparently did not want to hear it.

Eventually they drove over to the Wal Mart where they found the rental auto and called police.

The man, who had reported his auto stolen, had his vehicle returned to him.

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