A couple living in San Francisco didn’t get to enjoy their new Honda HR-V for long, as it was stolen at the end of August, while it was parked in front of their apartment in Livermore.
Fast-forward to December, and Cierra and Josh Barton, the HR-V's owners, were contacted by the police, informing them that their crossover had been found in Hayward, after being abandoned on the side of the road for about two weeks, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday.
The odd thing is that, when they got to it, they found Lyft stickers on the front and rear windows, before noticing that the odometer had went from 2,000 to over 13,000 miles (3,220-20,900 km).
Moreover, apart from a pillow, a jacket, and a stuffed animal in the cabin, there were a a few dents on the bodywork and a rattling hood.
At a first glance, the HR-V appears to have been used as a Lyft vehicle, but the ride sharing company couldn’t find any trace of it being used to transport people.
"The safety of the Lyft community is our top priority, and we take these allegations seriously. Given the information provided, we are unable to match this vehicle to any Lyft accounts in the area. We have reached out to Ms. Barton, and we stand ready to assist law enforcement in any investigation", Lyft told the paper in a statement.