Tesla on-board cameras show woman grabbing car in Poole
A WOMAN has been brought to justice for seizing a Tesla in a Poole parking lot after the car’s onboard cameras caught her red-handed.
The Tesla owner discovered damage worth Â£ 1,000 that was caused when his partner got home in the vehicle.
Having initially not been sure of the cause, the images stored on the car’s hard drive were able to provide all the answers.
He presented police with clear tapes of the ongoing crime, as well as images of the assailant’s face as she walked towards the vehicle and the license plate of the vehicle she was driving, which was parked at side of the Tesla.
This allowed officers to investigate and secure a conviction in court earlier this month.
A force spokesperson said police received a report around 7:10 p.m. on June 21 of criminal damage to a vehicle at the Redlands parking lot in Poole. It was reported that the incident had occurred around 1:25 p.m. the day before.
A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: ‘The involved vehicle had CCTV on board, which provided clear and exceptionally high quality images capturing the accused causing damage.
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“The accused was identified from the images and was then brought to court to face the consequences of her actions.”
The crime was filmed via the vehicle’s “sentry mode”, which constantly monitors the environment around the car when left unattended.
Tesla’s website says âsentry modeâ uses the car’s external cameras to detect potential threats.
“While no alarm system can prevent all vehicle theft, break-ins and threats, we hope that with sentry mode and our other security features, your Tesla will be even more secure,” the automaker said. .
The owner of the damaged Tesla in Poole, who requested anonymity, told the Daily Echo: âThe sentry system is great.
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“The front camera picked up the woman walking towards our car. The camera on the side mirror showed her putting stuff in the passenger side of her car before grabbing the car key.”
He added: âThe police have told us that usually when people are scratching cars, it is almost impossible to do anything. Parking lot cameras are normally placed too far away. The Tesla system is great.
“I knew the car had something like that but I didn’t know how good it was.”
Anna Maria Valente, 57, from Bournemouth, pleaded guilty to damaging a motor vehicle worth Â£ 1,078.83 during a hearing at Poole Magistrates’ Court on December 9.
She was released on parole for six months and ordered to pay Â£ 1,078.83 in compensation, Â£ 22 in surcharge and Â£ 85 in costs.