Even Car Thieves Can Restore Your Faith.

November 2nd, 2016 by Alex Feigenbaum Categories: Business No Responses

Sometimes people can simply be downright annoying. That lady you hold the door open for who just walks in without even acknowledging you’re there or that car you let out from a junction and the driver ignores you. On the other hand, there are times when people can surprise you, even if they are car thieves.

This odd story is both reassuring and might make you a little wary too.


This Tuesday, in Portland, Oregon, Erin Hatzi discovered her red Subaru had been stolen from her driveway by a lady who calmly walked up to the car, opened it with a key and, after a few minutes texting on her phone, drove off.


Erin was a little bemused as to why the thief was in no hurry to leave the scene. She said,

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

Erin filed a police report. But it didn’t take long before she started getting answers.

Her husband was taking the garbage outside Wednesday afternoon when a Portland police officer had a woman stopped right outside Erin’s home. The woman had just gotten out of the stolen red Subaru, and she had left a note and some cash inside.


Here’s what the note said:

“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 ******* and my number is ………. So so sorry for this mistake.”

See the video here.


That the “car thief” was thoughtful enough to leave Erin some money for fuel restores your faith a little. However, there is a worrying downside to the tale. It turns out that older Subarus can have interchangeable keys, so a key for one can start another. This might only be with American models but that’s unlikely. So, if you’ve got an old Subaru, you might want to get that after-market lock and alarm.

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