When Nekisia Davis asked her mom to move her friends’ cars so they wouldn’t get ticketed, her mom accidentally did far more than that: she unwittingly moved a complete stranger’s car.
Davis, a granola-maker from Red Hook, had decided to take a weekend trip to Miami with her friends. She flew her mom, Cheryl Thorpe, up from Houston to dog-sit while she was gone.
Davis also asked her mom for one other favor: to move the friends’ cars while they were gone. “My car’s the Fiat, Betsy’s is the CRV, Deanna has a green Honda,” Davis instructed her mother.
The friends went away, and all seemed to be fine. When Davis and her friends returned home late on Monday night, however, Deanna was unable to find her car.
“Well, that’s the car that I moved with your keys,” Thorpe told Deanna the next day, pointing at a green Honda Civic.
The car did match the description she had been given of Deanna’s car; and because Deanna “wears a lot of necklaces” and the car “had a bunch of necklaces around the mirror”, Davis stated that to Thorpe, “it just seemed like Deanna’s car.”
Proving that there is some truth to the urban legend that Honda keys work on more than one vehicle, Thorpe had managed to get into and move the wrong car.
The wrong Honda had California plates, a detail Thorpe overlooked. Local business owners recalled seeing that car’s owners driving to take a distillery tour on Sunday.
The New York Police Department confirmed that the California car was reported stolen on Sunday, April 6. An officer was sent to recover the vehicle from Davis’ street.
In an effort to locate the car’s rightful owners, Davis put up a sign in a neighborhood café with a picture of the car and the following statement:
“Is this your car or do you know whose it is? Looking for the owner who potentially wears a lot of necklaces and enjoys San Pellegrino sodas. I didn’t steal your car but I think my mom may have. It’s a long story. I’ll explain, but your car is safe and sound.”
Two weeks after the incident, the car’s owner was finally tracked down and reunited with her vehicle.
Meanwhile, Davis described that Deanna’s car “was right where she left it. It didn’t get towed; it didn’t even get ticketed.”