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.
The saga began in late June when a woman rented a black Nissan Sentra from Enterprise Rent-A-Car company in Cornwall, Ont., about an hour west of Montreal.
According to Constable Tommy MacKay, who was the one called to arrest the thief, once shopping was done, she simply went out into the parking lot, "saw a shiny black vehicle, hopped in it and drove away".
After 2 weeks, she came back to Enterprise return the vehicle, and she made sure she complained to the manager about giving her a dirty, obviously used auto.
While they described it as a "happy ending to a complicated auto rental", police cast the story as a broader warning over electronic key fobs.
It was the manager at the vehicle rental company who finally pieced together what had happened.
The first clue something was wrong came when she went to return the auto to the rental agency. The rental auto manager examined the woman's keys and noted that, in fact, she had rented a Nissan Sentra, while the keys in her possession belonged to a Nissan Infiniti.
The woman drove the vehicle around for two weeks, then tried to return it to the rental auto company, police say.
The woman - who police described as being "confused and a wee bit embarrassed herself" - contacted police, explaining that she had accidentally taken an Infinity and driven around in it for two weeks.
At first, he tried to tell her that the company didn't even rent that model - but she was having none of it.
The manager, who was obviously confused, examined the Infiniti keys, noting that they weren't the keys to the vehicle the woman had actually rented. The keys the woman had returned belonged to an Infiniti vehicle, not the Nissan she had rented.
There were no official charges so this story has a happy ending.
The man, who had reported his auto stolen, had his vehicle returned to him. There were papers in the glove box and cigarette butts in the ashtray, and even a set of golf clubs in the trunk. She informed the manager that she wasn't entirely happy with the auto.
Eventually they drove over to the Wal Mart where they found the rental auto and called police.