Ontario woman accidentally steals car that she thought was her rental

The key she returned was of a black Nissan Infinity and not the Sentra she had rented.

A CANADIAN woman "stole" a complete stranger's auto following an nearly unbelievable carpark stuff-up.

In Cornwall, Ont., the where-the-hell-did-I-park scenario took on a odd and novel twist recently, after a black Nissan Infiniti, that was reported missing from a Walmart parking lot in late June, was found when a woman tried to return it to a local auto rental company.

It turns out the vehicle she thought was her rental was actually a 2015 black Infiniti QX50, a hatchback - which was obviously not the sedan she had originally rented. It was a black Infiniti QX50 instead.

A woman in Cornwall, Ontario accidentally stole a vehicle that she thought was her rental-despite the fact it was a different make, model and body-style.

The man however, found that his vehicle was missing after he had finished his shopping, and reported it stolen to the Cornwall Community Police Service.

Both vehicles require a key fob so the woman only had to push start. The photos above also show how the cars aren't exactly the same but both black and similar! She mistook the mans 2015 Infiniti QX50 as her auto after doing her shopping and drove off. The keys the woman had returned belonged to an Infiniti vehicle, not the Nissan she had rented.

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"Once inside, the woman spoke to the manager and commented about how unkept the inside of the vehicle was and the fact that there was a set of golf clubs in it as well", reads a Facebook post from the Cornwall police explaining the mixup.

When she exited with her groceries, she loaded them into a vehicle that wasn't her rental. Yes, the cops were involved, but luckily, they chose not to arrest or press charges against the woman. And she didn't realize her mistake for another two weeks. "You never know who might take it!"

Police described the incident as a "happy ending to a complicated auto rental" and warned drivers over electronic key fobs.

That's when the manager connected the dots and realized the auto she had returned belonged to an older gentleman who, 2 weeks earlier, had come in to rent a vehicle after his had been stolen - you guessed it - from the Walmart parking lot.

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.

"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.

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