Vehicle taken by mistake returned full of gas

December 10, 2018
Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia

News release

Just after 6:30 p.m. last evening Halifax District RCMP responded to a 911 call of a vehicle having been stolen from the parking lot at a business on Hammonds Plains Rd. in Hammonds Plains.

A motorist reported they had parked beside an identical vehicle to what they were driving, entered the business and when they came out their vehicle was gone. As it turned out, another motorist had departed the business, climbed in the wrong vehicle and drove off. A short time later, they discovered they had driven off in the wrong vehicle. However, prior to this realization, they had filled the vehicle with gas. The vehicle was returned to it's owner and the motorist was reimbursed for the fuel they had placed in the other person's vehicle.

Although it doesn't appear either vehicle was left running, it serves as a reminder that vehicle thefts do occur during the winter months when vehicles are left running and unattended. Therefore, RCMP remind motorists to ensure your vehicle is secured at all times and not left running when you are not in it.

File# 18-189416


Contact information

Cpl. Dal Hutchinson
Public Information Officer
Halifax District RCMP
Cell: 902-830-5695

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