Ontario woman accidentally steals car she mistook for her rental

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A woman in Cornwall, Ontario accidentally stole a car that she thought was her rental—despite the fact it was a different make, model and body-style.

The woman rented a black Nissan Sentra compact sedan from an Enterprise outlet, drove it to a Wal-Mart about two kilometres away and went shopping, explained the National Post.

Returning to the parking lot, she instead got into a black Infiniti QX50 crossover-SUV parked nearby, which she mistook for her rental and which was, unfortunately, open with the keys in the ignition.

The Infiniti’s owner reported his SUV stolen and not long after showed up to the same Enterprise to rent a loaner to replace it temporarily. Meanwhile, for the next two weeks, the woman drove around in the vehicle oblivious to her mistake, though she did find it odd the “rental car” was rather dirty and had a set of golf clubs in the trunk.

When, dropping off the Infiniti at the Enterprise outlet, she complained to the rental manager about the messy interior and the clubs, he noted the key he’d given her didn’t match the vehicle she’d returned.

Back-tracking through her trips, he asked her to drive with him to the Wal-Mart—where her actual-rental black Nissan Sentra still sat. 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. The Infiniti QX50 owner was not long after given back his SUV.

“This isn’t something you see everyday, but it is something that could happen,” Stephanie MacRae, a spokesperson with the Cornwall Community Police Service, was quoted in the Post.

“You should never leave your key fob or keys in your vehicle — and always remember to lock your car doors before walking away from your car.”

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