Tesla in Sentry Mode records crystal clear footage of VW driver pulling up and attacking the parked car in Florida
A security camera from a Tesla Model 3 in ‘Sentry Mode’ recorded an angry driver of a red Volkswagen vandalizing the high-tech car that costs up to $56,000.
The dark-haired, bespectacled man driving a red Volkswagen unknowingly stared directly into the Tesla’s security camera when he slammed his car door several times into a woman’s Tesla,
Then he’s seen scratching the side of the Tesla with something sharp while it was parked in an Altamonte Springs, Florida parking lot on July 4.
‘The video has a clear picture of the subject,’ according to the police report, which was obtained by the Miami Herald. ‘The [victim] does not recognize the guy and has no idea why he would cause damage to her car.’
The Tesla was in ‘Sentry Mode,’ which is a security feature that monitors suspicious activity around when the car is parked similar to home alarm systems.
When suspicious motion is detected, the car reacts depending on the severity of the threat.
If it’s considered a ‘significant threat,’ the car’s cameras will record the activity, the alarm system will activate and the owner will receive an alert from the Tesla app, according to the company’s website.
The suspect unknowingly stared directly into the Tesla’s security camera before he’s seen vandalizing the car
He’s seen slamming his car door into the Tesla Model 3’s passenger side
Then he’s seen reaching out with something sharp and scratching into the side of the car
The Tesla owner posted the video on her Facebook page and said, ‘I’m trying to get this guy’s face out there for doing a criminal act to my car on July 4th while I was at work. If you recognize him please message me or contact Altamonte Springs PD.’
‘This shouldn’t be a “thing” to damage someone’s car,’ she said.
This incident and others similar have been recorded and posted on the Twitter page Wham Baam Teslacam, which has almost 6,400 followers.
DailyMail.com called Altamonte Springs Police Department for comment, but a spokesperson for the department told the Miami Herald that police were still looking into the incident.
The cost of the Tesla Model 3 ranges from about $40,000 to $56,000.