Shortly after, she returned to the parking lot, got into a black vehicle and headed home.
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.
And so began the sleuthing, as the vehicle rental manager and the embarrassed renter started retracing her steps, beginning in the Walmart parking lot.
Shortly afterwards, Cornwall police received a call from a man who left Walmart only to find his vehicle, a black Infiniti, missing from the parking lot.
Both vehicles used a keyless entry remote, similar to this one.
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.
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.
In the end - It was the manager at the Enterprise who was able to crack the case.
Coincidentally, the man whose auto was stolen came into the same rental place a few days later and told the manager about how his vehicle had been stolen from the Wal Mart. After contacting the police, it was confirmed that the Infiniti had indeed been listed as stolen. When they reached the Walmart parking lot, the rental auto was still sitting in the same spot where it had been parked two weeks before, police noted. According to police, she complained to the manager about the state of the vehicle, saying that the inside was poorly cleaned and that there was a set of golf clubs left in the auto.
When, dropping off the Infiniti at the Enterprise outlet, she complained to the rental manager about the messy interior and the clubs, he noted the key he'd given her didn't match the vehicle she'd returned. "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.
There were no official charges so this story has a happy ending.
Since the Infiniti owner had reported his auto stolen, the police were able to track him down and return the vehicle. The manager looked at the Infiniti keys and told her that it wasn't the original vehicle she rented.