Fobbed off: woman accidentally steals vehicle for two weeks after key mix-up

The stolen car at the centre of the story is a 2015 black Infiniti QX50

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.

The saga began this past June when a woman from Cornwall, ON, which is about an hour west of Montreal, rented a black Nissan Sentra from a auto rental company.

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

In a Facebook post from July 8, Cornwall Community Police Service said a woman rented a black Nissan Sentra from a rental company in late June. The manager looked at the Infiniti keys and told her that it wasn't the original vehicle she rented. The owner of the vehicle she drove away in had left his fob in the auto.

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.

By now the manager was "slightly confused", police say.

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It was the manager at the vehicle rental company who finally pieced together what had happened.

After asking the woman where she went after leaving the auto rental two weeks before, the woman explained what happened and together the pair returned to the scene of the crime - to the Walmart parking lot where the Nissan she had rented was still parked. The keys the woman had returned belonged to an Infiniti vehicle, not the Nissan she had rented. And she didn't realize her mistake for another two weeks.

While they described it as a "happy ending to a complicated vehicle rental", police cast the story as a broader warning over electronic key fobs. After all, she had no inkling she'd stolen the vehicle she was driving. For one, it was messy when she picked it up - and there was a set of golf clubs in the trunk.

MacKay said he has been an officer for 11 years and has never experienced anything like this, but is glad that it had a happy ending. The agent then called the police to tell them what happened.

At this time, the owner of the Infiniti returned to the parking lot and discovered his auto was missing, to which he reported it stolen to local police.

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