Ontario woman mistakes stolen vehicle for rental vehicle

Date: 11 JUL 2018posted by Car Rentaledited by WinX

An Ontario woman accidentally mistook a black vehicle as her rental vehicle and ended up using it for two weeks. The mix-up was only unraveled when the woman tried to return the car to the car rental agency, only for the manager to realize it was a car that was reported stolen. Cornwall Community Police Service say the woman had rented a black Nissan Sentra from Enterprise in late June. After leaving the lot, she went to a nearby Walmart for some shopping. As she was leaving, she hopped into a black Infiniti QX50 and went home with her groceries.

While the differences of the two vehicles are noticeable if placed side by side, the woman only described as "been through a lot of years in her life," misidentified her rental car. The misidentification can also be attributed to them both black, clean and shiny exterior and were parked in a close proximity of each other. The woman had also only driven the vehicle for three or four minutes before going to Walmart. What actually allowed the woman to accidentally drive off with the black Infiniti was due to the owner leaving his key fob in the vehicle. Described as an elderly gentleman, the owner had dropped his grocery list under the seat and had placed his key fob down to grab his list and forgot to pick it back up. And since both vehicles required push start ignition, and the key fob still in the vehicle, it allowed the woman drive away.

The manager of Enterprise only clued in something was wrong when the woman came to return the vehicle and complained the ash tray was dirty and there was a set of golf clubs left in the car. Noticing something was wrong since the woman returned the keys of an Infiniti and not the Nissan on file, the manager helped her retrace her steps. The manager then drove with her to Walmart parking lot where the Nissan she had rented was still parked. At this point, the police had been contacted and say the woman was a "wee bit embarrassed." The vehicle owner was contacted and his car was returned. He was happy it was returned with no damage to it but he had a good laugh about it.

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