Ontario woman becomes accidental vehicle thief after key fob mix-up

Elias Hubbard
July 12, 2018

The woman, a local herself, wasn't a repentant vehicle thief, but merely confused and possibly in a rush on the day she rented a auto - a black Nissan Sentra - and drove straight to Walmart to do a little shopping.

After renting the vehicle, MacKay said the woman drove three or four minutes to the local Walmart where she did some grocery shopping. After shopping, she hopped in a auto she thought was hers, started it up and drove away.

The stolen vehicle was a 2015 black Infiniti QX50, but the woman didn't notice it wasn't the sedan she had rented.

While they described it as a "happy ending to a complicated auto rental", police cast the story as a broader warning over electronic key fobs.

The woman took not only the vehicle, she also managed to take the golf clubs that the owner had been storing in the back.

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

The first hint of the swap came last weekend, when she attempted to return the auto to the rental company.

The first clue something was wrong came when she went to return the vehicle to the rental agency.

By now the manager was "slightly confused", police say. When the woman who stole the auto tried to return the vehicle, the manager realized what happened.

At first, he tried to tell her that the company didn't even rent that model - but she was having none of it. She also said there were papers in the glove compartment and a dirty ashtray, but it still wasn't enough to tip her off. She informed the manager that she wasn't entirely happy with the auto. The owner said he had ducked into Walmart and returned to find his auto missing from the parking lot, according to police. "Once inside, the woman spoke to the manager and commented about how unkempt the inside of the vehicle was and the fact that there was a set of golf clubs in it as well", police said on Facebook.

There were no official charges so this story has a happy ending. Soon after, a local man exited the store and began wandering about the parking lot in an increasing state of agitation, before concluding that his black Nissan Infiniti had been stolen, and calling police to report the theft.

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