Ontario woman accidentally steals vehicle from Walmart parking lot

  • Ontario woman accidentally steals vehicle from Walmart parking lot

Ontario woman accidentally steals vehicle from Walmart parking lot

"For the next two weeks, the woman drove around and used the black auto for her regular everyday activities", seemingly oblivious to the fact that the vehicle she was driving was not the same one that she had rented, the police said.

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 rented a black Nissan Sentra in late June, according to police in Cornwall, a city of some 47,000 people in eastern Ontario.

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'". The owner of the vehicle she drove away in had left his fob in the auto. And she didn't realize her mistake for another two weeks. The mix-up happened after the female motorist accidentally got into a similar looking vehicle - a black Infiniti, after completing her shopping at Wal-Mart.

Coincidentally, the man whose auto was stolen came into the same rental place a few days later and told the manager about how his vehicle had been stolen from the Wal Mart.

Police say that both of these cars use key fobs to unlock and start the auto. That's when the manager connected the dots and realized the vehicle she had returned belonged to an older gentleman who, 2 weeks earlier, had come in to rent a auto after his had been stolen - you guessed it - from the Walmart parking lot. They even tried to explain that the model she was trying to return wasn't on file but she apparently did not want to hear it. The manager looked at the Infiniti keys and told her that it wasn't the original auto she rented. "And she was giving the manager the business on renting her a dirty vehicle", MacKay said.

And that's not even where the story ends. 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. She also said there were papers in the glove compartment and a dirty ashtray, but it still wasn't enough to tip her off.

The manager and the woman, who police say was a "wee bit embarrassed" by this point, contacted police.