A Portland, Oregon, woman whose car was stolen from in front of her house found that the real story was something quite unexpected.
Erin Hatzi said that when she watched surveillance footage of her car being stolen from beside her driveway, the theft seemed unusual. The thief sat idle near Hatzi's house for a few minutes before driving away, KGW reports, a detail that the car owner understandably found to be odd.
"We were really confused because it didn't seem like the normal actions of a car thief," said Hatzi. "You wouldn't think they'd sit there [and] idle in the owner's driveway for two or three minutes."
Hatzi and her husband filed a police report for the stolen red Subaru. Friends on Facebook left comments commiserating with Hatzi over the theft, according to Oregon Live. "So not cool," wrote one friend. "I hope your Subie finds her way home unscathed."
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The next day, Hatzi got answers about what had happened to her car. When Hatzi's husband was taking out the trash, he saw that the car had been returned to the spot in which it was taken, and police had stopped a woman outside of the couple's home.
Inside the car, Hatzi discovered $30 in cash and a note from the thief.
"Hello, so sorry I stole your car," the note began. "I sent my friend with my key to pick up my red Subaru ... 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," the woman continued in her note. She gave her name and number, saying, "So so sorry for this mistake."
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The red Subaru that the woman's friend was meant to pick up turned out to be a block away. Police confirmed that keys for some older models of Subaru can be used with other cars of the same model.
Hatzi said she had no idea where her car could have gone that would require $30 worth of gas.
"I'm not entirely sure where the car spent the evening but it came back with a nice note and a weird story," said Hatzi after the incident. "My car had a little adventure."
Hatzi said that in the end, everything turned out fine, and she now has an unbelievable story.
"It’s insane," she 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."