Ontario woman accidentally steals car from Walmart parking lot

The key she returned was of a black Nissan Infinity and not the Sentra she had rented.

When a auto is stolen, it's atypical for anyone to laugh about it - the seriousness of what has been stolen, including what is possibly inside the vehicle, doesn't elicit a humorous response.

The woman rented a black Nissan Sentra in late June and headed straight to Walmart and parked her vehicle in the hypermarket's parking lot. Police located the owner soon after and the auto was returned to him. She climbed in the unlocked auto, pushed the start button and drove home.

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

According to police in Cornwall, the mixup was only discovered after the woman tried to return the auto, which had been reported stolen, to the rental company she had got the original vehicle from.

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

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

Police in Cornwall say the woman made an "honest mistake" when she drove off in a vehicle, mistaking it for the one she had rented. Each vehicle was returned to its rightful owner.

What started out as a routine auto rental turned into a lesson about the importance of not leaving electronic key fobs in unoccupied vehicles, according to police in Cornwall, Ont.

"Once inside, the woman spoke to the manager and commented about how unkept the inside of the vehicle was and the fact that there was a set of golf clubs in it as well", reads a Facebook post from the Cornwall police explaining the mixup. Yes, the cops were involved, but luckily, they chose not to arrest or press charges against the woman.

For two weeks, "love-thief" did not notice anything unusual.

Although going from Nissan Sentra to an Infiniti was an upgrade, the woman complained to the rental agency when she returned the vehicle two weeks after the "heist". They found the stolen Infiniti in their system and were able to sort out what had happened. MacRae says the owner of the Infiniti had left his key fob in the vehicle, and left the doors unlocked.

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