West Yorkshire Police revealed some details of the incident which happened today.
The man reported the vehicle - a red Ford Ka - to the police as stolen after returning to find it was not where he thought it was.
Later the same day, West Yorkshire Police officers found the car which had been reported missing being driven on the road.
The car was then boxed in by police and two people inside the car were detained by officers.
But it was then revealed that the man driving it was the owner of the car who had reported it stolen. He had forgotten where he parked it, found it again, and didn't tell police.
The incident happened in Pontefract, West Yorkshire.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said :"Pontefract -vehicle reported as stolen when it was missing after Male returns to find it not there.
"We found it driving and using TPAC boxed it in,2 detained, turns out it was the man that forgot where he parked and found it again but didn’t let us know he had got it back! #team2