NEW YORK - An elderly Canadian woman inadvertently stole a car and kept it for two weeks after mistaking it for the one she had just rented.
Cornwall police say she drove the rented black Nissan Sentra sedan to a nearby Walmart to pick up some groceries, but upon exiting the store she got into a black Infiniti QX50 luxury SUV parked nearby instead.
The Infiniti owner came out and found his car missing so he reported it stolen. Apparently, the man had left the key fob inside the vehicle so the woman could start and drive the car, not realizing it wasn't hers.
When the woman returned the car to the rental agency they were confused when she handed over the Infiniti key.
The rental agent had her retrace her steps and they went to the Walmart parking lot where they found the Nissan still parked. The agent then called the police to tell them what happened.
Since the Infiniti owner had reported his car stolen, the police were able to track him down and return the car. Despite the inconvenience, he didn’t press charges against the woman, and the police let her off with a laugh, posting the cautionary tale to Facebook with the closing line: "Folks, we just can’t make this stuff up!"