Erin Hatzi from Portland, Oregon, woke up one morning to discover that her car was missing from the driveway. Shocked, she immediately notified police and frantically scoured Craigslist to see if her red Subaru had been stripped for parts.
Police didn’t have much to work with, but the surveillance cameras on Hatzi’s property did catch footage of a woman walking up to her red Subaru, climbing in, and driving off a few minutes later.
Watching the surveillance tapes, it was apparent that someone stole her car, but it didn’t sit right with Hatzi.
“We were really confused because it didn’t seem like the normal actions of a car thief,” Hatzi said. “You wouldn’t think they’d sit there in idle in the owner’s driveway for two or three minutes.”
What seemed like a simple car jack ended up becoming a bizarre story Hatzi will never forget.
Less than 24 hours after reporting the theft to the police, the car was returned to her driveway along with money and a note explaining the misunderstanding. Hatzi posted a picture of the handwritten note on Facebook and we couldn’t help but laugh after reading it.
The note reads:
“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 ******* and my number is ……….
So so sorry for this mistake.”
After some investigation from the police department, it turned out that older model Subaru keys sometimes work in different cars. The accidental thief apologized profusely for the mistake and explained that their red Subaru was parked just a few blocks away.
“It’s insane,” Hatzi said. “It’s like a bad sitcom that nobody would ever buy the story because it’s stupid and it makes no sense. But it happened.”
What Hatzi thought was a horrible 24 hours ended up being a comedic mix up. The hilarious story is something not all of us will go through, but humorous to read about nonetheless.
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