A Subaru owner in America was gutted to find her car missing from her driveway on Tuesday night – only for it to be returned the next day with a handwritten apology and $30 to cover the fuel used.
Erin Hatzi, of Portland, Oregon, posted the escapade on her Facebook account. It started when her car went missing, with CCTV showing a lady slowly opening the Subaru with a key and driving away.
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Police were confused by the theft, as CCTV footage suggested the thief wasn’t in a hurry to get away with the car.
“She actually spent seven or eight minutes in the car texting before she drove off,” said Hatzi.
The next Facebook update came a day later, when Hatzi announced the car had been returned – along with a picture of a note that had been left in the car.
It said: “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 apologise for the shock and upset this must have caused you.”
The letter also provided the writer’s name and phone number.
“So so sorry for this mistake,” she added.
The car’s bemused owner says that police have confirmed that keys for some older Subaru models are interchangeable.