A Portland's woman's missing car is returned with a kind note and $30.
In a scene straight out of Portlandia, an Oregon woman's Subaru was "stolen" and then returned, with additional cash for the inconvenience.
On the night of Tuesday, October 25, Portland resident Erin Hatzi's husband saw that her red Subaru Impreza was gone. Their driveway where it should have been parked was empty, reports the Portland Patch. Hatzi called the police and filled out all the requisite paperwork to report the car stolen.
However, upon reviewing their home security camera they saw the exact moment the car was taken, an something looked a little off. The story describes the scene: "A woman walks up to the car, gets in, turns on the engine and sits there for a couple of minutes while the car warms up. 'It seemed very odd,' [Hatzi] says. 'Not typical thief behavior.'"
The next morning, Hatzi's husband emerged from their residence to see the car back in the driveway and two police officers arresting a woman with an unlikely excuse. She showed the police a note. left on the car's windshield.
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 [omitted] and my number is [omitted]. So so sorry for this mistake."
There was even $30 in cash left with the note. The police released the woman without charges.
Apparently, the keys and tumblers were so worn that it was able unlocked the door of two identical red Subarus. Either that, it was sheer chance that two keys were cut with the same pattern. Either way, Hatzi was glad to have her car back and faith in humanity was ever so slightly restored.