Fobbed off: woman accidentally steals auto for two weeks after key mix-up

The car that the woman originally rented was a Nissan Sentra sedan

After getting the vehicle, she stopped off at a nearby Walmart to shop, before returning to the parking lot, hopping in a black auto and driving home.

The woman accidentally stole his auto after driving to Walmart right after picking up her rental Nissan Sentra from the local Enterprise Rental vehicle.

What started out as a routine auto rental turned into a lesson about the importance of not leaving electronic key fobs in unoccupied vehicles, according to police in Cornwall, Ont.

After leaving the store, the woman got into a vehicle that resembled her new rental, however she got into a 2015 black Infiniti QX50. The owner of the vehicle she drove away in had left his fob in the auto.

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

This allowed the woman to drive off, completely unaware that it wasn't her rental.

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It was the manager at the auto rental company who finally pieced together what had happened.

Coincidentally, the man whose auto was stolen came into the same rental place a few days later and told the manager about how his vehicle had been stolen from the Wal Mart. 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.

"In conversation with the manager of that establishment it came out that he was the owner of a black Infiniti that was recently stolen", MacKay said. 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.

She used the vehicle for two weeks, going about her daily activities normally; seemingly unaware that the auto she was in was not the one she had rented.

And that's not even where the story ends. There were papers in the glove box and cigarette butts in the ashtray, and even a set of golf clubs in the trunk. Constable Tommy MacKay who dealt with the incident said the man who owned the stolen Infiniti had a good laugh about it and the woman who stole it was embarrassed. "And she was giving the manager the business on renting her a dirty vehicle", MacKay said.

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

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