NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — We’ve all accidentally walked over to a car we thought was ours only to realize it wasn’t, but what if your key worked on the car you thought was yours, even though it wasn’t?
When Nekisia Davis and her two friends went to Miami, Fla. for the weekend, Davis’ mother agreed to move their cars in order to comply with the alternate-side parking rules, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.
“She sent us a text message on Sunday and said ‘all cars moved successfully, so proud of myself,'” Davis said.
Upon their return to Red Hook, however, Davis’ friend Deanna went to the street to find her green Honda Accord, only to discover it wasn’t where it should have been.
“Deanna said, ‘I can’t find my car.’ And my mom said, ‘It’s right there.’ And Deanna said, ‘That’s not my car.’ And my mom said ‘well that’s the car I moved with your keys,'” Davis said.
Deanna’s car keys just happened to fit someone else’s green Honda Accord, D’Auria reported.
“My mom stole their car while they were eating brunch,” Davis told CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider.
It took Davis another 10 days to track down the owner of the car that her mother wasn’t supposed to move.
“We all thought she must have been a professional! How do you steal a car in less than a minute?” said Emilee Hickert, the owner of the other green Honda.
The whole mix-up was caught on surveillance tape.
Hickert told Schneider she thought her car was long gone and had no idea it was simply mistakenly moved.
“We just didn’t think that — because we saw someone steal it — that it was still in the neighborhood a block away,” she said.
A spokesman from Honda said that while all keys are unique, it is possible, but highly unlikely, for some cars from the early 90’s to be unlocked and then started by more than one key.
For all cars made after 1998, Honda used a technology that matches the key to the ignition, so mix ups like this one can’t happen.
“I’m more worried about it now. I might have to get a better alarm or start using the club more,” Hickert said.
Hickert was reunited with her Honda on Wednesday, once police understood what had happened.
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