Woman’s stolen car returned with gas money, apology note

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PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon woman’s car was stolen and later returned with a note explanation you won’t believe.

Surveillance cameras outside Erin Hatzi’s home caught a woman approaching her red Subaru, getting in, and after a few minutes – driving away.

“We were really confused because it didn’t seem like the normal actions of a car thief,” Hatzi told KGW. “You wouldn’t think they’d sit there in idle in the owner’s driveway for two or three minutes.”

The woman told KGW that she filed a police report and waited for answers.

Wednesday afternoon, Hatzi’s husband was taking out the garbage when he saw a police officer had a woman stopped right outside of the couple’s home.

The woman had just gotten out of the red Subaru and had left a note and some cash behind, according to KGW.

Hatzi posted the stranger’s note on Facebook, which described the crazy way the car was stolen in the first place.

“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. “

According to police, older model Subaru keys sometimes work in different cars.

The most shocking part of this entire story is the car was only a block away from Hazti’s house.

“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.”

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