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A quartet of suspected baddies had been arrested on Friday after being caught with 4 autos believed to be stolen from a Tesla dealership in Salt Lake Metropolis. Whereas an automotive theft ring isn’t something particular, the best way by which this explicit incident unfolded is past unusual.

In keeping with South Salt Lake police detective Gary Keller, the incident started round 1 a.m. when a Freeway Patrol trooper conducting a visitors cease close to the dealership observed a glittery new Tesla automobile cease behind his squad automobile. Smelling one thing fishy, the patrol trooper assumed the motive force wasn’t the proprietor of the automobile and known as for native backup as he carried out one other cease.

Keller stated the person had a bag of keys on his particular person and informed police he had come to return the automobile to the dealership. “I don’t know if he had a guilt complicated or no matter, however he claimed his identify was Tesla and as soon as [police] began speaking to him, he didn’t need to discuss to police; he wished an lawyer,” Keller defined.

Getting busted with a bag of keys and instantly asking for authorized illustration is already fairly suspect. However stating that your identify is definitely Tesla means considered one of two issues — you’ve stolen that automobile and are jittery as hell otherwise you’ve modified your identify to show you’re the greatest EV fan in historical past.

In keeping with KSL TV, in Utah, “Tesla” really turned out to be a 24-year-old man named Shane Smith. His preliminary run-in with authorities lead police to start investigating a potential housebreaking on the dealership. Throughout the investigation, they instantly noticed one other Tesla drive by the constructing — pushed by 31-year-old William Weist.

Police declare Smith informed them “a man he hardly knew gave him a free Tesla together with three different keys to different Teslas,” and the keys to the constructing.

Smith additionally talked about he was on the dealership when the constructing’s alarm sounded for nearly half-an-hour and witnessed the constructing being ransacked, in a press release to the police. The police report added that Smith was in possession of a enterprise license to the dealership, a certificates of commerce, and a $49,500 test written to Tesla.

With Weist and Smith already in custody, police reported the restoration of two different autos later that very same morning. One of many autos was pulled over by the West Valley Metropolis police, whereas one other was noticed outdoors a liquor retailer in Salt Lake Metropolis. Zachary Hallman (19) and Earlene Parker (27) had been arrested for being in possession of stolen property. Each drivers informed police a person named “Tesla” had given them the autos.

“In some way the doorways weren’t pried or damaged open,” Keller stated. “We consider they went into the constructing with keys or presumably the doorways had been open. We don’t know at the moment.”

“It’s a type of circumstances the place you’re going, ‘What?’ and also you’re scratching your head,” he continued. “The nice factor is now we have 4 folks in custody and hopefully all of the property returned.”

[Image: Tesla Motors]

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