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Elderly woman mistakenly steals vehicle, drives it for 2 weeks

Elderly woman mistakenly steals vehicle, drives it for 2 weeks

A woman in Cornwall, Ontario, rented a auto, did some grocery shopping, and left the store - leaving the parking lot driving another person's vehicle.

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. But a recent vehicle theft in Cornwall, Ontario, had everyone involved smiling in the end.

The saga began in late June when a woman rented a black Nissan Sentra from Enterprise Rent-A-Car company in Cornwall, Ont., about an hour west of Montreal. That same day, she proceeded to run some errands, including a run to the area Walmart to buy some food.

In the end, both the auto rental company and the Infiniti owner retrieved their vehicles and there was a happy ending to the story. The Infiniti QX50 owner was not long after given back his SUV.

The woman didn't notice the apparent mixup.

It turned out that both vehicles were equipped with proximity keys, a convenience that allows owners to open doors, start the engine, and drive away without needing to take the keys out of one's pocket. Now needing a vehicle himself, he ventured to a auto rental shop - the very same Enterprise store as the woman had entered.

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The first hint of the swap came last weekend, when she attempted to return the vehicle to the rental company.

The woman complained to the manager about the upkeep of the vehicle. She also said there were papers in the glove compartment and a dirty ashtray, but it still wasn't enough to tip her off. Police say she caused confusion when she tried to drop of an Infiniti - not the Nissan she originally rented.

By now the manager was "slightly confused", police say. That's when he remembered the older man. The woman was said to be embarrassed by what happened but is not facing any criminal charges.

She immediately phoned police to explain the situation. There sat the Nissan Sentra, exactly where the woman had parked it two weeks earlier. It was only when she complained about the vehicle's unkempt interior as well as the fact there was a set of golf clubs inside the auto that things became a little clearer.

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.