Sunday , January 17 2021

'Stolen' SUV returned to the owner with a full tank of gas

A woman who called 911 Sunday evening to report her SUV stolen from a parking lot in Hammonds Plains, N.S., not only got her vehicle back, it was returned with a full tank of gas.

RCMP said the woman told the police that around 6:30 pm she had parked her white Hyundai Santa Fe on the Hammonds Plains Road next to an identical vehicle and entered a business. When she came back, she was gone.

It turns out the driver of the other SUV had gotten in and managed to drive away. He even filled it up with gas before realizing his mistake. The "stolen" SUV was returned to the woman, who reimbursed the man for filling her tank.

RCMP Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said the police did not believe either the vehicle was left running in the parking lot. Some push-button start vehicles can be started without the keyless fob actually in the vehicle.

"Both cars were identical in make and model, but one was a 2016, the other was a 2017," said Hutchinson.

"I think all of us have done it at one time or another … have gotten into a vehicle and realized that this is not my vehicle, and have climbed out before we actually drove off.

"But in this case he drove off, filled it with gas, and then discovered the fact that it was not his and took it right back to the owner."

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