Ontario woman accidentally steals vehicle from Walmart parking lot

The car that the woman originally rented was a Nissan Sentra sedan

She climbed in the unlocked vehicle, pushed the start button and drove home.

Ontario Constable Tommy MacKay says the woman made the mistake shortly after picking up her rental, a Nissan Sentra and driving just down the road to a local Wal Mart. After getting the vehicle, she stopped off at a nearby Walmart to shop, before returning to the parking lot, hopping in a black auto and driving home.

"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 Cornwall Community Police Service officer told As It Happens guest host Rosemary Barton.

All was revealed when she finally returned the black Infiniti auto she had been driving, to a rental vehicle company, whereupon she was told it was the wrong vehicle and not the Nissan Sentra she had originally rented.

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In the end, both the auto rental company and the Infiniti owner retrieved their vehicles and there was a happy ending to the story. 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 of the vehicle rental agency then realized what happened as the man whose auto had been stolen had come into the same Enterprise to rent a replacement. Since the rental auto used the same system she was none the wiser to the mixup and drove off on her merry way.

The keys she turned in belonged to a Nissan Infiniti rather than a Sentra, leaving the manager "slightly confused", said police. When the woman who stole the auto tried to return the vehicle, the manager realized what happened.

"She drove around and did her daily business in this stolen vehicle for two weeks", MacKay said. The owner said he had ducked into Walmart and returned to find his vehicle missing from the parking lot, according to police. For one, it was messy when she picked it up - and there was a set of golf clubs in the trunk.

There were no official charges so this story has a happy ending. 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. After they realized what had happened, the first thing they did was call the police.

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