Tesla Sentry Mode Captures Brazen Thieves Breaking Into EV

The Tesla Model 3’s ‘Sentry Mode’ has already caught a number of thieves in their tracks but this clip of a Model 3 theft caught on camera is perhaps the most brazen we’ve seen yet.

This particular clip was filmed in Mountain View, California while the owner of the Tesla sedan was at a nearby coffee shop. It reveals just how efficient some burglars are while also revealing just how dim-witted many of them also are.

The video starts out by showing a Honda Accord reversing into a parking space next to the Model 3. After quickly assessing the scene, the passenger of the Honda opens the rear and front passenger’s side doors in tandem and puts his hood on. He then sneaks up to the side of the sedan and breaks one of the side windows.

Also Read: Tesla Model 3’s Sentry Mode Captures Two Men Keying Car

When initially watching the video, we thought maybe the burglar opened the rear passenger door to hide his identity from the side-facing cameras of the Tesla. However, he shows his face on several occasions and it seems more likely that he opened the rear door in a bid to shield himself from view of people in the area.

After looking around the cabin for a little while, the man scurries back into his car as he notices someone driving off in the parking lot. When the coast is clear, he returns to the Tesla and breaks a second side window and just moments later, emerges with a large backpack. The man, and his accomplice driving, then leave the scene.

The owner of the Tesla says the video was supplied to local authorities who used the footage to identify the man but they have yet to be caught.


  • BlackPegasus

    Scumbags…. they should be strapped to SpaceX Rockets and blasted off into deep space.

    • Aeromann

      Hahaha yes! 😂😂

      • Exotics

        Starlink launching tomorrow. Maybe we can strap him on Falcon 9

  • Adilos Nave

    Generally don’t expect petty thieves to be driving what appears to be a brand-new Accord.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      That’s probably stolen too…

      • Althea Later

        or if they are really dumb… it’s a rental

  • robotlogic

    California has turned into a real $hit hole. You can’t park your car in any parking lot beside a freeway without the real threat of someone breaking into it. Most businesses have signs on their front doors warning you not to leave anything in your car. If the traffic wasn’t bad enough now we have a new reason to hate that place.

    • Aeromann

      Not only California. 😉

      It’s everywhere.
      Welcome to the third world world.

    • BlackPegasus

      What’s really disheartening is, this happened in Mountain View California near the Googleplex. The average home price there is said to be $1.9 million

      • Dylan Wentworth

        Why is that so surprising? People who don’t know better and assume their area is free of car break-ins are going to leave bags sitting on the seat. And chances are they’re going to have some good stuff in there.

        • BlackPegasus

          I didn’t say it was “surprising”, I said it was “disheartening.”

          Why? Because most of us ascribe to live in safe areas where our property and families will be safe. If where we choose to live makes little difference then we might as well live in the hood. Mountain View Ca. isn’t the hood.

          • Dylan Wentworth

            I didn’t say you said it was surprising.

          • Knotmyrealname

            But until you gate the whole area, you can’t stop filth like this from getting in and stealing your stuff. You’re a magnet.

    • anywhere in the world don’t leave your stuff visible from outside in your car.

      • robotlogic

        Really? I always leave stuff visible in my cars and it’s still there when I come back. Guess I don’t live in a $hit hole.

        • Ben

          “I always thought it happened to other people, I never thought it would happen to me”

          Words uttered by people who always thought their neighborhood, car or workplace was safe from the tragedy they see on the news. Its not. The probability might be lower, but the same issues happen everywhere. People who have better cars than you do and live in a bigger house than you do have had break ins.

          • robotlogic

            My point was that California and LA in particular has turned into a crime infested $hit hole. Go park your car at any restaurant off the I-5 in LA and leave a backpack on the front seat and see how long it lasts.
            It didn’t use to be this way 10 years ago.

          • Ben

            Yeah, things used to be very different. Give it a decade or so and California will be venezuela

  • Jason Miller

    “When initially watching the video, we thought maybe the burglar opened the rear passenger door to hide his identity from the side-facing cameras of the Tesla.”

    Highly doubt he knew the car had cameras.

    • Aeromann

      Now, he will know. 😬

      • Vasilescu Petru-Ionut

        Until he gets out of prison, his knowledge about tech will be obsolete again so he is going to get busted again…and again

        • Aeromann


  • Aeromann

    They look like engineers in metaphysics.

    • Six_Tymes


  • Six_Tymes

    “Brazen” Scum

    • Knotmyrealname

      Just scum. And stupid scum at that.

  • blue adidas

    This guy is everywhere! He looks like the thief in every crime caught on my Ring neighborhood camera feed.

    • Exotics

      Police: Calling all cars, calling all cars. Be on the lookout for a black male between four foot seven and six foot eight, between 120 and 380 pounds, he’s wearing Nikes…. get this man!

  • Dylan Wentworth

    I wish we had some after market 360 degree surveillance system that could be installed on anything. I really don’t know what is taking so long to make this standard on all vehicles.

    • Exotics

      Gas car companies are trying to stay alive. They really dont know what to do nor how to make a compelling EV. Certainly a camera surveillance feature is not something on any of the their minds. Tesla is innovative, everyone else is repetitive.

      • getoffme


      • Ben

        Really?! You don’t believe that man, c’mon be serious.

    • Ben

      The hardware is already on most vehicles now, its just a case of making them record with third party cameras. Not that hard to do.

  • Vassilis

    How do they break the windows like that?

    • It’s not that hard, had to do it once, advice, don’t throw a rock at a Hyundai window :-). Seriously, you need a strong and sharp, pointed tool, break without force. See how windows breaker are made. You can buy tools online, or just look at what are in Buses and what emergency services use. Car windows are designed to break in pieces.

  • Porkopolis

    I’m convinced these are produced by Tesla’s Marketing Department.

  • sidewaysspin

    Wow their eyes are like cameras.

  • Ben

    Two things:
    1) Isn’t it crazy how most of the time when you hear a car alarm going off, you don’t think much about it nowadays? In the early 90’s people got up and ready like minute men. Nowadays, its like “ugh, someone fat fingered their key fob or something”
    2) That’s why you don’t leave bags on the seats, always in the trunk.

  • eye.surgeon

    Hardly brazen when here in California they know that even if they’re caught in the act they will walk same-day, zero consequences.

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