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Woman Becomes Accidental Car Thief After Mistaking Man’s Vehicle for Her Rental

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A woman accidentally stole a man’s Infiniti QX50 crossover after she mistook the vehicle for her rental car. The woman had picked up a Nissan Sentra from a rental car company and drove it to an area Walmart. After exiting the store, she hopped into the Infiniti by mistake and drove away.

The incident took place in Cornwall, Ontario, according to a report by Jalopnik. Both the Nissan and the Infiniti have keyless ignitions, and the owner of the QX50 had left his key fob in the vehicle, which was parked in the same parking lot as the Nissan.

Since the key fob was present, the woman was able to drive away in the Infiniti, not realizing she made a mistake.

After noticing his car was missing, the owner of the Infiniti filed a stolen vehicle report with the Cornwall Community Police Service.

The vehicle wasn’t immediately located, and the woman drove around in the luxury crossover for approximately two weeks before returning what she thought was her rental.

“For the next two weeks, the woman drove around and used the black car for her regular everyday activities,” said the Cornwall police. “This weekend, the woman re-attended the car rental company in order to return the vehicle. 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. The woman was not impressed and handed over the keys.”

Describing the incident further, Constable Mackay stated, “She was upset because the ashtray was dirty, there were papers in the glove box, and there were golf clubs in the back. And she was giving the manager the business on renting her a dirty vehicle.”

The manager noticed that the logo on the vehicle didn’t match with the keys provided to the woman for the rental car. He put two and two together when he recalled that the man who owned the “stolen” Infiniti had come in to rent a car after his went missing.

The manager had the woman return to the Walmart parking lot with him, and the pair located the Nissan. After bringing the vehicle back to the rental car location, the manager contacted the police.

“Both the car rental company and the Infinity owner,” said the Cornwall police in a Facebook post, “retrieved their vehicles and there was a happy, and funny ending to this story!”

The Cornwall police added, “PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR KEY FOBS IN YOUR VEHICLE WHEN NOT BEING OPERATED, YOU NEVER KNOW WHO MIGHT TAKE IT!”