Woman’s stolen car returned with gas money, apology note

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PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon woman received her stolen car along with gas money and an apology note that explained the apparent theft.

Erin Hatzi’s red Subaru went missing Tuesday night and surveillance video caught an alleged carjacker climbing into the vehicle. The alleged thief sat in the car 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, Hatzi’s husband was taking out the trash when police stopped a person driving the red Subaru.

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.”

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