Tuesday, 17 July, 2018

Ontario woman accidentally steals vehicle from Walmart parking lot

Melinda Barton | 14 July, 2018, 02:55

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.

Police are advising drivers who have cars that use fobs to not leave them in the auto as this makes them much easier to steal, even if it is accidentally.

After renting the vehicle, MacKay said the woman drove three or four minutes to the local Walmart where she did some grocery shopping. The owner of the vehicle left his fob in the auto, enabling the woman to drive away. Upon exiting the store, she climbed in a black Nissan - the vehicle was open and the key's were in the ignition - and drove home.

"The manager ... proceeded to ask her where she went after leaving the vehicle rental two weeks ago".

The man however, found that his vehicle was missing after he had finished his shopping, and reported it stolen to the Cornwall Community Police Service. She then drove that vehicle to a nearby Walmart to do some shopping.

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.

But little did she know she was actually seated behind the wheel of someone else's auto.

"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 manager and the woman, who was now confused and a wee bit embarrassed herself, returned to the auto rental company and contacted police, providing the information for the Infiniti and what took place", the post stated. "The woman was not impressed and handed over the keys". There sat the Nissan Sentra, exactly where the woman had parked it two weeks earlier.

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. Police stressed: "Never leave a key fob in a vehicle unless it's being driven".

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.

And so began the sleuthing, as the auto rental manager and the embarrassed renter started retracing her steps, beginning in the Walmart parking lot.