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Woman Unknowingly Drives 'Stolen' Car for 2 Weeks

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By    |   Wednesday, 11 July 2018 03:51 PM

A Canadian woman unknowingly drove a "stolen" car for two weeks.

The woman rented a black Nissan Sentra and drove it to a local Walmart. When she completed her shopping, she returned to the vehicle she thought was hers, Seaway News reported.

Not realizing it was a Nissan Infiniti instead of the Sentra, she drove off in the wrong car.

“For the next two weeks, the woman drove around and used the black car for her regular everyday activities” without knowing she was in the wrong — and a reported stolen — car, the police said, according to The Guardian.

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. 

In this case, the owner left his keys in the ignition.

Although going from Nissan Sentra to an Infiniti was an upgrade, the woman complained to the rental agency when she returned the vehicle two weeks after the “heist.”

“Once inside, the woman spoke to the manager and commented about how unkempt the inside of the vehicle was and the fact that there was a set of golf clubs in it as well,” the Cornall Community Police Service said on its Facebook page. “The woman was not impressed and handed over the keys.”

The woman eventually retraced her steps, and she and manager found the rental car right where she’d left it — in the Walmart parking lot. Each vehicle was returned to its rightful owner.

While the story was humorous and had a happy ending, police see it as a warning about electronic key fobs, proximity keys, and keyless ignition.

“You never know who might take it,” they observed, adding: “Folks, we just can’t make this stuff up.”

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