Ontario woman accidentally steals car from Walmart parking lot

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 12, 2018

The auto started right up and she drove off because the vehicle, much like her rental did not use a key to start the auto, but a key fob.

Shortly afterwards, Cornwall police received a call from a man who left Walmart only to find his auto, a black Infiniti, missing from the parking lot.

According to Cornwall police, after renting the auto, the woman drove to a local Walmart where she did some grocery shopping.

Cornwall Constable Tommy McKay told the CBC: "My initial thought was, 'I'm going to have to find out where she got this vehicle from, or my God, how am I going to put cuffs on this elderly female'".

Both vehicles used a keyless entry remote, similar to this one.

Police say that both of these cars use key fobs to unlock and start the auto. The owner of the vehicle left his fob in the auto, enabling the woman to drive away.

This allowed the woman to drive off, completely unaware that it wasn't her rental. The manager of the vehicle rental agency then realized what happened as the man whose auto had been stolen had come into the same Enterprise to rent a replacement.

By now the manager was "slightly confused", police say.

The woman - who police described as being "confused and a wee bit embarrassed herself" - contacted police, explaining that she had accidentally taken an Infinity and driven around in it for two weeks. When they reached the Walmart parking lot, the rental auto was still sitting in the same spot where it had been parked two weeks before, police noted.

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

At first, he tried to tell her that the company didn't even rent that model - but she was having none of it.

She wouldn't listen when the manager informed her they weren't renting this model of vehicle.

She was giving the manager the business on renting her a dirty vehicle.

And that's not even where the story ends.

"She was upset because the ashtray was dirty, there were papers in the glove box, and there were golf clubs in the back". The manager then called the police. 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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