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'The 4people didn’t appear to have the wherewithal to each have a $80k EV
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“That was one unannounced Black Friday Sale I wish no one had taken part
in.”
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Yea my dad is John Cadillac and he left me this. :/
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http://www.sltrib.com/news/2017/11/24/four-stolen-teslas-recovered-friday-in-apparent-coordinated-theft-from-utah-dealership/
Four stolen Teslas recovered Friday in apparent coordinated theft from Utah
dealership
2017/11/24  Aubrey Wieber

Alleged thieves claimed to be of the Tesla family.

Various police agencies coordinated to recover four Teslas stolen from a
showroom on State Street in South Salt Lake on Friday, in what appears to be
a coordinated theft.

At least two of the suspects claimed to have the vehicles because they are
part of the Tesla family. Of course, the electric vehicle manufacturer’s
moniker isn’t a family name, but rather homage to inventor Nikola Tesla.

According to jail records, a UHP trooper noticed a man in a Tesla pull up
behind him and act suspicious. The trooper motioned for the vehicle to pull
over. The man driving the Tesla explained that a man he hardly knew gave him
a Tesla and keys to three other Teslas.

Not believing the story, the trooper impounded the vehicle and asked the
24-year-old man to accompany him to the showroom, which was found to have
been burglarized.

The suspect told the trooper that when he showed up to the showroom earlier
it had already been burglarized and there was an alarm sounding. Since
police were not there yet, he said he felt he was allowed to take the
vehicle and the keys.

The man also was found to be in possession of the business license for the
dealership, a certificate of commerce, and a check made out to Tesla for
$49,500 with the suspect’s name endorsed on the back.

South Salt Lake Police spokesman Gary Keller said officers in the area were
told to be on the lookout for the flashy cars, which resulted in two more
arrests.


A 31-year-old man was arrested following a chase when a trooper spotted a
Tesla and started to follow. The chase was short lived, Keller said, as the
battery in the allegedly stolen vehicle died.


And a 19-year-old man was pulled over and arrested in West Valley while
driving a 2017 Tesla S with a friend, Keller said. The man told police he
had entered the showroom earlier with two other men, according to jail
records.

“We are still trying to sort this out,” Keller said. “We actually have two
people claiming their name is Tesla and a family member died and left them
these cars.” Keller said. Two of the suspects had to be fingerprinted to
determine their actual identities.

All three were booked into jail.

Everything stolen from the dealership appeared to have been recovered until
a Salt Lake City police officer pulled over a Tesla early Friday afternoon
and realized it was stolen. Keller said the 27-year-old woman was arrested
outside of a liquor store on 1255 W. North Temple. She told police a man
named Tesla had given her the car.

Keller said he doesn’t think there are more stolen cars driving around, but
he isn’t positive.

Keller said the showroom was accessed with a key, so police are looking for
a possibly connected home or vehicle burglary.

“It’s one of those cases where you just have to scratch your head and say,
‘Really?’ ” Keller said.
[© 2017 The Salt Lake Tribune]
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Four stolen Teslas recovered Friday in apparent ...
2017/11/24 - Four stolen Teslas recovered Friday in apparent coordinated
theft from Utah dealership · The Salt Lake Tribune. Various police agencies
coordinated to recover four Teslas stolen from a showroom on State Street in
South Salt Lake on Friday, in what appears to be a coordinated theft. At
least two of the ...



http://fox13now.com/2017/11/24/car-stolen-from-tesla-dealership-one-in-custody/
Four Tesla vehicles recovered after thefts at South Salt Lake dealership
November 24, 2017  David Wells

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A FOX 13 photographer captured this shot of one of the stolen Tesla vehicles
as it drove past the crime scene


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SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah — Two people face felony burglary and stolen vehicle
charges in connection with the thefts of Tesla vehicles from a dealership in
South Salt Lake.

According to a probable cause statement, the investigation began after a
Utah Highway Patrol trooper saw a vehicle “acting suspicious” and motioned
for it to pull over.

(Shane Craig Smith) explained that a guy he hardly knew gave him a free
Tesla along with 3 other keys to other Teslas. Additionally, he had the
office keys to the building,” a probable cause statement said.

The trooper impounded the vehicle because it was possibly stolen, then drove
Smith to the Tesla dealership at 2312 S State St. in South Salt Lake, the
statement said.

A FOX 13 photographer captured this shot of one of the stolen Tesla vehicles
as it drove past the crime scene.

Smith then told the trooper he had been at the dealership, he heard an alarm
sounding and had seen that the dealership had been ransacked, the probable
cause statement said.

“(Smith) then took the keys and a vehicle. He felt it was allowed because
the police hadn’t shown up yet,” the probable cause statement said. “(Smith)
had in his possession the business license to the dealership, certificate of
commerce, and a check written to Tesla for $49,500 with his name as the
endorsement on the back of the check.”

South Salt Lake Police also responded to the dealership, and officers said
they saw a stolen Tesla drive past as they were investigating the incident.

Later Friday morning, police said they found Zachary Jason Hallman in
possession of a stolen 2017 Tesla S near 3100 S Redwood Rd. in West Valley
City.

“The management at Tesla did not know Zachary and did not give him
permission to be in possession of their stolen vehicle,” a statement of
probable cause said.

UHP officials told FOX 13 they were able to catch up with one of the stolen
cars near 2100 S and 200 W because its battery died.

South Salt Lake Police said they found 27-year-old Earlene Parker with one
of the stolen Teslas

Two of the suspects claimed to be part of the “Tesla family” and Parker said
she received a Tesla from “Mr. Tesla,” according to police.

Police also identified a fourth person who they said is connected to the
case. The sole charge listed on William Anthony Weist’s probable cause
statement is a misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance.
[© 2017 KSTU A Tribune Broadcasting Station]



https://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=46204523
4 arrested in theft of 4 Tesla cars in apparent break-in of dealership
Nov 24th, 2017  Carter Williams

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5PM: 4 arrested in theft of 4 Tesla cars in apparent break-in of dealership
KSL TV

SOUTH SALT LAKE — Four people were arrested Friday after being found in
possession of four vehicles believed to be stolen from a Tesla dealership,
police said.

William Weist, 31, Shane Smith, 24, Zachary Hallman, 19, and Earlene Parker,
27, were all arrested in connection to an apparent burglary and theft of the
vehicles at a Tesla dealership located at 2312 S. State, according to South
Salt Lake police detective Gary Keller.

“One guy claimed a family member had died and left them all this stuff, but
two of them actually said (it was given to them) by (a man named) Tesla,”
Keller said.

Each vehicle, Keller said, was worth about $80,000.

The bizarre chain of events began around 1 a.m. when a Utah Highway Patrol
trooper conducting a traffic stop near the Tesla dealership noticed a Tesla
passenger car stop behind the trooper’s squad car.

The trooper, believing the man driving the car wasn’t the owner of the
vehicle, called for another officer while he conducted his traffic stop and
a South Salt Lake police officer arrived at the scene to investigate, Keller
said.


Keller said the man, identified as Smith, had a bag of keys and told police
he had come to return the vehicle.

“I don’t know if he had a guilt complex or whatever, but he claimed his name
was Tesla and once (police) started talking to him, he didn’t want to talk
to police; he wanted an attorney,” Keller said.


The incident caused police to begin investigating a possible burglary at the
dealership. As officers were investigating, they spotted a second Tesla
drive by the building, Keller said. Another UHP trooper pulled the vehicle
over several blocks away, after the vehicle ran out of battery power, and
arrested Weist.

Smith told police “a guy he hardly knew gave him a free Tesla along with
three other keys to other Teslas,” according to a jail report. In addition,
he said the man gave him keys to the building.

Smith added that he was at the dealership when the building alarm sounded
for about 20 to 30 minutes and saw the building being ransacked, the report
stated. The report added that Smith then took the keys to the vehicle and
had a business license to the dealership, a certificate of commerce, and a
$49,500 check written to Tesla in his possession.

Weist identified himself as "Carlos Romero" and officers found a financial
transaction card with that name in his pocket, according to a jail report.
Police then called Tesla and were able to identify multiple stolen items
from the business in his possession, the report said.

Police were able to positively identify the man at Weist through
fingerprints.

Two other vehicles were recovered later in the morning. One of the vehicles
was pulled over by West Valley City police, and another spotted outside a
liquor store in Salt Lake City, according to Keller.

Hallman and Parker, the drivers of those vehicles, each told police a man
named “Tesla” gave them the vehicles they were driving.

Hallman told police he had entered the dealership with two other men and had
taken the vehicle, according to the report. A jail report was unavailable
for Parker.

Keller said he believes police have recovered all of the vehicles stolen
from the dealership, but added there could be more. In the meantime, he said
investigators are unsure how one or more individuals were able to get into
the building and take the vehicles.

“Somehow the doors were not pried or broken open,” he said. “We believe they
went into the building with keys or possibly the doors were open. We don’t
know at this time.”

Police were also trying to figure out how all four individuals were
connected Friday, Keller said.

“It’s one of those cases where you’re going, ‘What?’ and you’re scratching
your head," he said. "The good thing is we have four people in custody and
hopefully all the property returned.”
[© 2017 KSL.com]



http://gephardtdaily.com/local/4-suspects-in-custody-4-teslas-recovered-after-late-night-heist-in-south-salt-lake/
Update: 4 suspects in custody, 4 Teslas recovered after late-night heist in
South Salt Lake
November 24, 2017  

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From left, Zachary Jason Hallman, Shane Craig Smith, William Anthony Weist
and Earlene Parker  / Photos: Salt Lake County

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Stolen Teslas  UHP troopers arrest the suspect of stolen Tesla after the
vehicle lost its electrical charge while being pursued by police. Exclusive
Photo: Gephardt Daily

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A man who led UHP troopers on a chase in a stolen Tesla is transported to a
local hospital after injuring his foot in the course of his arrest. Troopers
say the chase ended when the electric automobile lost its charge

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Police investigate the theft of multiple Tesla automobiles from the
dealership at 2312 S. State St. in South Salt Lake City. Photo: Gephardt
Daily/Monico Garza/SLCScanner

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UHP troopers arrest the suspect of stolen Tesla after the vehicle lost its
electrical charge while being pursued on westbound SR201

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SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah, Nov. 24, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — Four people are in
custody after each was found in possession of a Tesla stolen overnight from
a South Salt Lake dealership.

“We are still trying to figure out how they got possession,” said Sgt. Gary
Keller, South Salt Lake Police Department. “It appears they got in with
keys. Two individuals claimed a family member died and left them all these
keys. We are getting different stories.”

In custody are William Weist, 31, Shane Smith, 24, Zachary Hallman, 19, and
Earlene Parker, 27.

Upon apprehension, two of the men told officers their name was Tesla, and
the woman said she was given the car by a man named Tesla.

“They didn’t even know Tesla was the name of the car,” Keller said.

Police were called at about 1 a.m. Friday to the Tesla dealership, at 2312
S. State St., after reports it had been burglarized.


“They were actually there when one of the cars drove by, and one of the
troopers got in behind that car,” Keller said. “It stopped because the
battery failed. We were able to take that one into custody.”


Teslas are high-end electric cars that typically cost between $78,000 and
$140,000.

“One pulled up behind, and he also had a Tesla with no license plate, and
said he felt really bad about having it, so we recovered that one,” Keller
said.

A third was found in West Valley City, and the last, with the female driver,
was pulled over Friday morning into the parking lot of a North Temple Street
liquor store.

“They were four $80,000 cars, and the people who had them didn’t appear to
have the wherewithal to have an $80,000 car,” Keller said. “That was one
unannounced Black Friday Sale I wish no one had taken part in.”

Smith has been charged with:
 - Receiving or transfer of stolen property, a second-degree felony
 - Forgery or altering the writing of another, a third-degree felony
 - Theft by receiving stolen property, a class-B misdemeanor

Hallman has been charged with:
 - Receiving or transfer of stolen property, a second-degree felony
 - Burglary, a third-degree felony
 - Pedestrian failure to obey a traffic device, an infraction

Weist has been charged with:
 - Receiving or transfer of stolen property, a second-degree felony
 - Burglary, a third-degree felony
 - Unlawful acquisition -possession-transfer car, a third-degree felony
 - False info law enforcement-gov’t agency, a class-B misdemeanor
 - Theft by receiving stolen property, a class-B misdemeanor

Parker has been charged with:
 - receiving or transfer of stolen property
 - a second-degree felony.
 - She also had an existing misdemeanor arrest warrant for shoplifting.
[© 2017 Gephardt]



http://kutv.com/news/local/four-stolen-tesla-vehicles-recovered-at-south-salt-lake-dealership
Four stolen Tesla vehicles recovered at South Salt Lake dealership
2017/11/24  A high stake heist at a Tesla showroom on Black Friday after 4
Tesla's were stolen right off the lot at 2330 S. State street in South Salt
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