Woman Gets Her Car Stolen Then Returned With Gas Money, Apology Note

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Miracles do exist, after all: Portland resident Erin Hatzi got her car back after one insane mix-up. She’ll laugh about it later, hopefully.

Rare is a case of grand theft auto in which the vehicle is returned to the owner. For one Portland woman whose car was stolen, however, this was exactly what happened.

After Erin Hatzi’s surveillance cameras picked up a woman walking over to her Subaru (parked next to Hatzi’s driveway), getting in, and driving off a couple of minutes later, she filed a police report. The odd part, Hatzi noted to KGW.com, was the fact that the thief sat idle in her car before leaving.

The next day, the car was returned with a very intriguing note:

The letter 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."

Cops had stopped a woman outside the Hatzi home the next day, as Hatzi’s husband was taking out the trash. As it turns out, she was the accidental car thief.

“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."

Safe to say this “thief” will no longer be sending friends to pick up her car, which would be a solid life decision. 

Banner Image Credit: Flickr, Robert Couse-Baker

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