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.
According to Cornwall police, after renting the auto, the woman drove to a local Walmart where she did some grocery shopping. Upon exiting the store, she climbed in a black Nissan - the vehicle was open and the key's were in the ignition - and drove home.
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.
Though police say there was a "happy and amusing ending to this story", they say it serves as a ideal reminder not to leave key fobs in unattended vehicles. 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.
And it wasn't until this past weekend when the woman returned the vehicle to the same auto rental company that the manager pieced the entire situation together and realized what had happened.
The woman then proceeded to drive the vehicle around for a full two weeks, using the Infiniti for her regular activities.
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By now the manager was "slightly confused", police say. That's when the manager connected the dots and realized the vehicle she had returned belonged to an older gentleman who, 2 weeks earlier, had come in to rent a auto after his had been stolen - you guessed it - from the Walmart parking lot.
"She drove around and did her daily business in this stolen vehicle for two weeks", MacKay said.
There were no official charges so this story has a happy ending.
"She was upset because the ashtray was dirty, there were papers in the glove box, and there were golf clubs in the back". Constable Tommy MacKay who dealt with the incident said the man who owned the stolen Infiniti had a good laugh about it and the woman who stole it was embarrassed. After all, she had no inkling she'd stolen the auto she was driving. "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", police said on Facebook.
She used the vehicle for two weeks, going about her daily activities normally; seemingly unaware that the auto she was in was not the one she had rented.