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After Cheryl Thorpe accidentally stole a woman's green ... After Cheryl Thorpe accidentally stole a woman's green 1993 Honda her daughter posted these notices in Brooklyn (Instagram, jodyrosen1).
Woman Accidentally Steals Car


The owner of a 1993 Honda Accord that was accidentally stolen by a young Brooklyn woman's mother has the car back in her possession, after amusing posters popped up all over town.

Cheryl Thorpe traveled to New York from her home in Houston to watch her daughter's dog while she and her roommates went on vacation, according to New York Magazine. Thorpe was also left the task of moving the three girls' cars to legal parking spots on a street-cleaning day. She dutifully moved the Fiat, Honda CR-V and Accord, but when the trio returned from their vacation something was wrong. The owner of the Accord found her car right where she left it, thankfully free of parking tickets. The Accord Thorpe had moved belonged to someone else.

As it turns out, some older Hondas have interchangeable keys. Thorpe was able to use the girl's keys to move Emily Hickert's car while she ate brunch. Hickert spent an entire week thinking a professional car thief had made off with her 21-year-old ride.

"In less than 40 seconds she gets in the car and goes," Hickert told The New York Post, after reviewing security footage from a nearby business. "I thought she was a professional."

Hickert filed a police report, while Thorpe's daughter posted fliers all over Brooklyn looking for the Accord's owner. Hickert was eventually reunited with her Honda, which had been towed after sitting parked on the street. She says she bears no ill will towards the women involved in the mix up.

"I'm not upset with her," Hickert told The Post. "I'm glad it wasn't a thief. I just didn't know why anyone would steal a 1993 Honda."



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      Alphonso Carioti
      • 1 Year Ago
      It happens pretty often in large parking lots. Someone walks over to your car and doesn't understand why their fob doesn't unlock the car. I've done it myself. These are just amusing mistakes that should make you laugh at yourself.
      virgel
      • 1 Year Ago
      I used to work for a medical lab in Tucson, Az. We drove Toyota trucks from the mid 1980's. One of my fellow co-worker did the same thing. His company truck key, fit another Toyota truck, that was one of our patient, So he hoped in, and drove her truck on the route. He wasn't even aware of it. She called the police, and reported that her truck was stolen. When he got back to the lab, the boss asked him, what truck did he drive that day, and it was hers, lol. So the boss called her, we filled up the truck with gas, and paid her for the mileage usage.
      Gerry
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember a trip to Disney World back in 1978. We rented a light beige 2 door Chevy Chevette. Once we parked, we were admonished to jot down the parking space number and Disney name of where the car was located. As I recall, "There will be about 5,000 beige colored Chevettes today, we wouldn't want you to have to try to unlock each one trying to find your car. Thank you folks!"
      johngin1999
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dad owned a 1957 Chevy & gave it to my brother when he got his driver's license &bought a new 1964 Chevy., Keys were interchangeable. Just so many variations of ridges on a key. Duplication is "common" same make cars. Same goes for keys in any door lock of your home. Surprise!.
      • 1 Year Ago
      JP - just curious where you read this story.
      wllharrington
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chevrolets in the 50'sand 60s were the same. Many people would try their keys in other Chevys.
      • 1 Year Ago
      The word 'stealing' implies a deliberate attempt to knowingly take something that does not belong to the perpetrator...there is no such thing as 'accidentally stealing' something. The author is an idiot.
      lov2elkhnt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well? Whatcha expect? It's Brooklyn.
      RouteUS66Busload
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not worthy of media attention, it's Huff['s way...?
      Jack Adler
      • 1 Year Ago
      DO YOU KNOW WHAT THEY CALL ONE WHO STEELS A HONDA? "A HUNDATAKER"
      steblawar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Cars that use keys have that possibility. In the 60's it was very common, for instance Chevy only had about 300 keys to fit every car they made. So someone's ignition or trunk key might work in another car's ignition and/or trunk ... odds were about 1 in 150 that one of your keys would work in another Chevy's ignition or trunk.
      tony
      • 1 Year Ago
      What is so hard about looking professional when sitting in front of a camera doing the news. Get a suit, a shave, comb the hair.
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