Published: Thu, July 12, 2018

Ontario woman accidentally steals car from Walmart parking lot

Ontario woman accidentally steals car from Walmart parking lot

In June, the woman went to Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Cornwall, Ontario, and rented a black Nissan Sentra, CBC reports.

Police say both cars used fobs, which means they don't require a key to start the auto and it turned out the owner of the stolen Infiniti had left his key fob inside the vehicle.

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.

After leaving the store, the woman got into a vehicle that resembled her new rental, however she got into a 2015 black Infiniti QX50. According to police, she complained to the manager about the state of the vehicle, saying that the inside was poorly cleaned and that there was a set of golf clubs left in the auto.

"She drove around and did her daily business in this stolen vehicle for two weeks", MacKay said.

And so began the sleuthing, as the vehicle rental manager and the embarrassed renter started retracing her steps, beginning in the Walmart parking lot.

And it wasn't until this past weekend when the woman returned the vehicle to the same auto rental company that the manager pieced the entire situation together and realized what had happened. After contacting the police, it was confirmed that the Infiniti had indeed been listed as stolen. That's when the manager connected the dots and realized the vehicle she had returned belonged to an older gentleman who, 2 weeks earlier, had come in to rent a auto after his had been stolen - you guessed it - from the Walmart parking lot.

Police say that both of these cars use key fobs to unlock and start the vehicle.

Together, they returned to the Walmart she had visited shortly after making the rental.

She was giving the manager the business on renting her a dirty vehicle. For one, it was messy when she picked it up - and there was a set of golf clubs in the trunk. After all, she had no inkling she'd stolen the auto she was driving. After they realized what had happened, the first thing they did was call the police.

MacKay said he has been an officer for 11 years and has never experienced anything like this, but is glad that it had a happy ending.

At this time, the owner of the Infiniti returned to the parking lot and discovered his auto was missing, to which he reported it stolen to local police.

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