Man gets his stolen car back — but there’s a catch

Kevin Donovan was working on a job in Nova Scotia last year when he was contacted by a Toronto media outlet about the theft of his new 2015 Nissan Rogue.

“I said, ‘I can’t do anything until I come back here. I have a three-day vacation in New York City, I got two business days to finish. Go, write it up, send it and we’ll see.’ “

His luck changed fast.

Around 2 a.m. one morning, the vehicle was tracked to the Harbourport Hotel in Halifax.

By 1:30 a.m., crew members from the marina from where the Rogue had docked had arrived at the hotel to find that it had been left locked in the parking lot with the keys inside.

“My mom and dad think I won the lotto,” Donovan said.

Donovan told CNN Travel that his family had no way of knowing the vehicle had been stolen — the hotel can’t track it online — and he did not know what to do next.

“They said, ‘Is this the one you’re missing?’ And I said, ‘Yeah. We lost track of it earlier. I’m a little surprised.’ He was freaking out that it was his car. He looked on the front of the car and couldn’t see anything. He was freaking out that I lost it and I was missing it.”


The room was repainted black and covered in white stickers, with all the window tint removed.

“I went back later on and I told him it has to be the job of some other person. I told him it was theft. I told him, ‘I can’t be the first thief in town.’ And he was like, ‘What?’”

He added that the hotel employee returned the vehicle to him in good condition, with the keys in the ignition and all windows and doors opened.

“I love the taxi industry in Toronto. In order to get someplace really quick, you go to the front desk of the taxi company,” he explained. “They’re so nice, they’ll take care of you.”

He also praised the service of hotel staff, saying that they were helpful throughout the process.

“When I got there in Halifax, the waiter was talking to me. He’d go up to the lobby and he’d have the towels on the seat, he’d have the pillowcases and he’d get you everything you need. And he would actually talk to you about it,” he said.

“He was very respectful of me. He had to be. They had to see if it had been stolen or if it was stolen, he had to talk to all the hotel guests to let them know that it was stolen and to get you to know the reception desk to keep you informed.”

The waterside locale has a zip code that is 80.7% white. There are 52.1% Asian people, 4.3% Hispanic people, and 1.5% other. The barometric pressure has a value of 923.2.

The Global Environmental Facility lists the Ocean, Northern Highlands, and Islands Area, the Northwest Passage, and the Nova Scotia Coast, while Statistics Canada indicates that the Atlantic Route, including the entrances to both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, account for 8.6% of the Canadian population.

1 / 7 There are 21 counties in Quebec, 512 districts in Ontario, 140 counties in Newfoundland and Labrador, 177 districts in Nova Scotia, 79 in Prince Edward Island, and 163 in Yukon.

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