Last Friday, four suspects were arrested for stealing four $80,000 Tesla vehicles from a showroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Shortly after a police investigation was launched to find those responsible for the break-in and thefts, suspect Shane Craig Smith, 24, was quickly apprehended while driving suspiciously in one of the vehicles.

After impounding the vehicle and returning to the dealership, police discovered in Smith’s possession four sets of Tesla keys, the dealership’s license, a certificate of commerce, and an endorsed check for $49,500 made out to Tesla with Smith’s endorsement signature.

When pressed as to why the keys were in his possession, Smith explained that an acquaintance provided him with free Teslas and an office key to the building.

Shortly after this exchange, police discovered another of the stolen Teslas driving past. After a brief car and foot chase, its battery died, placing another suspect, Zachary Hillman, 19, in police custody.

Along with a third suspect, Earlene Parker, 27, both Hillman and Parker informed police they had been “given the car” by a “Mr. Tesla” and affirmed their status as being members of the “Tesla family.”

According to South Salt Lake County jail records, Smith was charged with felony receipt or transfer of a stolen vehicle, felony forgery, and theft. Parker was charged with felony receipt or transfer of a stolen vehicle and Zachary Hallman, the third suspect, was charged with felony receipt or transfer of a stolen vehicle and felony burglary. The latter two are being held on $5,000 and $245 bonds, respectively.

A fourth suspect, William Weist, was also apprehended and charged with possession of a controlled substance. No word on his connection to the case or if Mr. Tesla will bail him out of this one.

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