A woman has been filmed scraping a key down the side of a Tesla while it was parked undercover at a large shopping centre.
The owner of the silver Tesla – parked at Westfield Penrith Shopping Centre in Sydney’s west on Saturday – shared the brazen act to social media and called for help to identify the person responsible.
“Just got home from Penrith Westfield Shopping Centre when I realised my car had been keyed. Luckily it was all caught on Sentry Mode, it shows this lady keying my car clear as day,” he wrote on Facebook.
“Please share so we can find this scumbag.”
Footage shows the woman gazing around the car park for onlookers before slowly wandering past the vehicle, running a key along the side for an extended period.
Sentry Mode is a feature on Tesla cars that monitors the environment around a vehicle when it’s left unattended.
If the feature detects a minimal potential threat, like what is shown in the video, an “alert” state is activated and a message is displayed on the touchscreen inside the car stating that its cameras are recording.
Social media users were quick to condemn the woman’s “despicable” actions on the Facebook post.
“What a despicable act ... nothing is more upsetting than to get back to your car to find a cretin has done this to your car,” one person wrote.
“I'm sorry this happened to you. This says so many sad things about the world (and people) these days,” another said.
“I hope she gets caught. Such a ridiculously nasty thing to do,” a third person claimed.
One simply wrote that the woman’s act was “totally insane”.
NSW Police confirmed to Yahoo News Australia that the matter was reported to Nepean Police Area Command and a 54-year-old woman was arrested.
She was issued with a court attendance notice to appear in Penrith Local Court on March 16.
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