Accidental thief returns car with apology, gas money


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland, Oregon, woman says her red Subaru was stolen from her driveway — and then it reappeared with an apology note and gas money.

Erin Hatzi tells The Oregonian/OregonLive that her husband noticed the car was missing on Tuesday night and she posted security camera stills on Facebook, asking for help finding it.

Police caught a woman returning the vehicle to Hatzi’s driveway Wednesday evening. The accidental thief had instructions from a friend to pick up a different red Subaru in Hatzi’s neighborhood and returned when the friend said it wasn’t her car. She brought along $30 for gas and a note expressing apologies.

Police told Hatzi that some older Subaru keys are interchangeable, making it easy for the woman to make off with the wrong car.

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