‘Hello, so sorry I stole your car’: Woman’s stolen car returned with gas money, apology note

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PORTLAND, Ore. — It’s not often that a stolen car is returned to its owner, but an Oregon woman received her car, gas money, and an apology note explaining the apparent theft.

Erin Hatzi was confused when her red Subaru went missing Tuesday night and surveillance video caught an alleged carjacker climb into her car, and sit for several minutes before driving off, KGW reports.

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

The next day, her husband was taking the trash outside when police stopped a person driving Hazti’s red Subaru.

Turns out, it was all just a misunderstanding.

A note inside the car explained everything:

“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.”

After the incident, police told Hatzi that some older model Subaru keys work in different cars and the friend’s vehicle was a block away.