Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Cornwall woman takes auto for accidental, two-week joyride

Cornwall woman takes auto for accidental, two-week joyride

After all, she had no inkling she'd stolen the auto she was driving.

Police say the woman initially rented a black sedan from Enterprise in Cornwall in June. After contacting the police, it was confirmed that the Infiniti had indeed been listed as stolen. The manager, now slightly confused, observed the keys to belong to an Infinity, a vehicle the woman did not rent.

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

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.

The woman then proceeded to drive the vehicle around for a full two weeks, using the Infiniti for her regular activities.

"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", the Cornall Community Police Service said on its Facebook page. The photos above also show how the cars aren't exactly the same but both black and similar!

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Police in Canada are reminding drivers not to leave electronic key fobs sitting in unattended vehicles, after a woman in Ontario accidentally stole a auto for two weeks having mistaken it for her rental auto.

In the end, both the auto rental company and the Infiniti owner retrieved their vehicles and there was a happy ending to the story.

Take your keys with you.


Police described the incident as a "happy ending to a complicated vehicle rental" and warned drivers over electronic key fobs. The rental vehicle manager examined the woman's keys and noted that, in fact, she had rented a Nissan Sentra, while the keys in her possession belonged to a Nissan Infiniti. When they reached the Walmart parking lot, the rental vehicle was still sitting in the same spot where it had been parked two weeks before, police noted.

Fortunately, nothing bad came out of the ordeal - and all parties involved have a wacky story they can tell to their friends and family members.

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