So Your Mother Accidentally Stole Someone’s Car — Now What?

Because the Consumerist team is strong in the ways of the Force, I know you’re probably thinking something like, “How can someone accidentally steal a car?” Maybe if that person thinks they’re actually just moving the car they were told to move, because hey, these keys work so it must be the right one. Except that it wasn’t.

A Brooklyn woman flew her mother up to the city using her airline miles one weekend while she was away, so that her mom could help out by taking care of her dog. There were also three cars she was tasked with moving while the group of friends was away, reports New York — the woman’s Fiat, a CRV and a green Honda, she told her mother.

Mom dutifully attended to the vehicles and texted her daughter, “I’m so proud of myself,” to which I’m hoping her daughter drowned her in gratitude for being nice enough to perform such a task.

As it turns out, there is more than one green Honda in Brooklyn, and apparently any old Honda key will work, something long rumored and true at least in this case. When the woman and her pals returned, the green Honda’s owner couldn’t find her vehicle. Instead, a green Honda that was not hers was in its spot.

The mother explained that she used the keys she was given on the car, and that because it had a bunch of necklaces — she “wears a lot of necklaces,” mom said of the true car’s owner — she figured it was the right one. Luckily enough, the real car was in its same spot and had escaped a ticket.

Her daughter then started posting signs around the neighborhood to find the car’s owner after the police weren’t very helpful at first.

“I called the cops,” she says. “They were like, ‘I’m sorry, this sounds suspicious, and I don’t really believe you.’”

She wrote:

“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.”

Police have now confirmed that the car was in fact, reported stolen on the day the mother moved it, and an officer was sent to recover it and try to get in touch with its owner.

How This Brooklyn Woman’s Hapless Mom Managed to Accidentally Steal a Green Honda [New York Magazine]