Anna Valente, 57, was upset to find the electric car was close to hers in a retail park in Poole, Dorset on June 21. She pleaded guilty to damaging a motor vehicle to the value of £1,078.83
A shopper was caught keying a £50,000 Tesla by the vehicle’s own camera system.
Anna Valente is thought to have parked her car over a white line to deter people from parking near her because her dog was in the car.
The 57-year-old was then upset to find the electric car was close to hers in a retail park in Poole, Dorset on June 21.
The owner of the 2020 Tesla Model 3 discovered the £1,000 damage when his partner returned home in the vehicle.
Initially, he didn’t know what caused the scratch, until the smart car’s cameras revealed all, and earned Ms Valente a court date.
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He presented police with clear recordings of the crime being committed, as well as images of the offender’s face as she walked towards the vehicle, reported The Bournemouth Echo. They stated that the man even got her registration.
The material allowed officers to secure a conviction in court earlier this month.
A Dorset Police spokesperson said: “The vehicle involved had on-board CCTV, which provided clear and exceptional quality images capturing the defendant causing damage.”
The crime was filmed through the vehicle’s ‘sentry mode’, a system that records the environment around the car when it’s unattended.
“While no alarm system can prevent against all vehicle thefts, break-ins and threats, we hope that with sentry mode and our other security features, your Tesla will be even more secure,” the car manufacturer says.
The owner of the Tesla damaged in Poole, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Daily Echo: “The sentry system is brilliant.
“The front camera caught the woman walking towards our car. The camera on the wing mirror showed her putting stuff in the passenger side of her car before she keyed the car.”
Anna Maria Valente, from Bournemouth, pleaded guilty to damaging a motor vehicle to the value of £1,078.83 at a Poole Magistrates’ Court hearing on December 9.
She was discharged conditionally for six months and ordered to pay £1,078.83 compensation, £22 surcharge and £85 costs.
It is believed to be the first prosecution in the UK wherein the sensory cameras on a Tesla have been used as evidence in a case.