Vandal who keyed and smashed windshield of Tesla Model 3 arrested

Tesla vandal Oakland California

In what may be one positive of the coronavirus shutdown, it has been a while since we saw a seemingly unwarranted act of vandalism on a Tesla vehicle.

Usually these senseless acts are caught on Tesla’s built-in Sentry Mode, but unfortunately that is not the case in the latest incident, which happened in Pontiac, Pontiac Michigan.

According to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, a man reportedly caused extensive damage to a red Tesla Model 3 parked at St. Jospeh Mercy Hospital on Tuesday evening. (via WWJ)

Caught on surveillance cameras at the hospital, the man can be seen approaching the Model 3, owned by a 58-year old Troy resident, before smashing the windshield and keying several letters into the hood of the EV. He was able to flee the scene before being approached by security.

Tesla vandal Oakland California

As we have seen numerous times before with acts of vandalism like this, the suspect is usually caught within days of their images being released on the internet and social media.

It happened even quicker in this case, as within hours of releasing the images on Wednesday, officials said the suspect was identified and arrested on unrelated charges. His name and a possible motive for the crime were not released.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated the location as Oakland, California. This has now been corrected.

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