Cornwall woman takes auto for accidental, two-week joyride

Blanche Robertson
July 11, 2018

After 2 weeks, she came back to Enterprise return the vehicle, and she made sure she complained to the manager about giving her a dirty, obviously used auto.

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.

She then made her way to the local Walmart to do some shopping. She climbed in the unlocked auto, pushed the start button and drove home.

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

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 took not only the vehicle, she also managed to take the golf clubs that the owner had been storing in the back.

This allowed the woman to drive off, completely unaware that it wasn't her rental. And she didn't realize her mistake for another two weeks.

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

The man whose auto was stolen came into the same Enterprise to rent a vehicle after realizing his vehicle was no longer in the Walmart parking lot.

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The vehicle that the woman originally rented was a Nissan Sentra sedan.

"In conversation with the manager of that establishment it came out that he was the owner of a black Infiniti that was recently stolen", MacKay said. When they reached the Walmart parking lot, the rental vehicle was still sitting in the same spot where it had been parked two weeks before, police noted. 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.

"She was upset because the ashtray was dirty, there were papers in the glove box, and there were golf clubs in the back".

The manager called the cops, but MacKay refused to arrest the woman.

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

She wouldn't listen when the manager informed her they weren't renting this model of vehicle.

That's when the manager called the police.

There were no official charges so this story has a happy ending.

The man, who had reported his auto stolen, had his vehicle returned to him.

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