Only in Portland, Oregon.
A woman thought her Subaru was stolen, only to find out someone had taken it by mistake. Not only that, the car was returned the next day with a note and $30 bucks cash for gas.
The “theft” took place Tuesday October 25th. Erin Hatzi’s Subaru simply vanished from her driveway according to the Portland Patch. Crushed, she called the police to report the theft.
There was video surveillance of the theft, but from the get-go the whole thing was a bit odd. The supposed thief got into the car and sat there a bit while it warmed up. Not your typically theft behavior to be sure. That’s because it wasn’t a thief at all. It was someone who simply mistook the wrong car.
The next morning Hatzi’s husband saw the car back in the driveway, along with police officers making an arrest. That is until they heard the would-be thief’s story and saw the note on the windshield. She posted it on Facebook.
“Hello, So sorry I stole your car. I sent my friend with my key to pick up my red Subaru at 7802 SE Woodstock and she came back with your car. I did not see the car until this morning and I said, ‘That is not my car.’ There is some cash for gas and I more than apologize for the shock and upset this must have caused you. If you need to speak further, with me, I am [omitted] and my number is [omitted]. So so sorry for this mistake.”
The police released the woman without charges.
The interesting thing is that another Subaru key could start Hatzi’s car. Police told the Patch that with some older Subarus, the keys are interchangeable.
In the end, Hatzi, a chemotherapy nurse, was just glad to have her car back. You can watch a KGW news affiliate report below.