Woman’s car is stolen from driveway. The next day, ‘thief’ returns with note and $30 gas money

An Oregon woman was angry when her red Subaru was stolen from her driveway. But, in the end, she and the “thief” had a good laugh over this crazy misunderstanding!

One Tuesday night, Erin Hatzi’s husband noticed her red 2001 Subaru Impreza, parked in the driveway of their Portland home—near Southeast 78th Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard—was missing.

“I got home about 6:45 and my husband came home around 9:30 and asked me where I parked my car, told him I parked it in the driveway and he was like, well it’s not there,” Hatzi, a chemotherapy nurse, told Fox 12 Oregon.

Panicked, the couple checked the security footage and saw a woman driving away in the vehicle.

“She was texting, and then she went over to the driver side door and she was texting, and then she got in the car and she was texting,” Hatzi told PEOPLE.

They were angry and astounded, but at the same time, confused. They wondered why would the car thief spend 10 minutes hanging around their driveway?

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Hatzi filed a police report. Less than 24 hours later, Hatzi’s husband was taking out the trash when he caught sight of a police car, KWG reported.

Turns out, Portland Police Department officers happened to be in the area when they stumbled upon the missing red Subaru. They detained a woman, Page Cramond, who was found walking away from the vehicle, which she parked back in front of Hatzi’s driveway.

Inside the “stolen” car, the police found $30 and a note.

“Hello, so sorry I stole your car,” the note read. “I sent my friend with my key to pick up my red Subaru at [a nearby home], 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.”

Cramond kept apologizing for the mistake.

“She says that is not my Suburu and I said ‘that is so funny’ and she said ‘that is not my car,’” Cramond told InsideEdition.

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Hatzi and her husband didn’t believe the explanation at first. But, after investigation, police confirmed it was just an innocent mix-up.

Police said older model Subaru keys are interchangeable and sometimes work in different cars. They also found the red Subaru that the woman was supposed to pick up just a block away.

“Like most makers, these days we use rolling codes on our key fobs with millions of permutations,” Michael McHale, director of corporate communications for Subaru of America, told CBS News. “Also likely is that the key barrel had become worn over time and so was less sensitive to the key shape.”

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In the end, Hatzi and Cramond had a good laugh over the entire amusing episode when they later met via Facetime.

“It’s insane,” Hatzi told KGW.

Watch the video here:

Sources: Fox 12 Oregon, KGW, CBS News

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