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Only on ABC7 NEWS.COM: Suspected burglar caught after California's Tesla records



SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) – A suspected auto burglar was caught on camera and then caught thanks to one of Tesla's latest software updates.

The car's owner was able to capture stunningly clear video of his vehicle being broken into San Francisco.

Jed Franklin is a model who "super commutes" more than 100 miles from Folsom to San Francisco for fittings and photo shoots. While parked along the Embarcadero for a Levi's fitting on April 3, Jed got an alert on his Tesla app that Sentry Mode had been triggered.

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Sentry Mode was offered to Tesla customers as a software upgrade in February. The vehicle uses its cameras to switch on and record when there is a threat such as a person leaning on the car.

Jed was able to capture in full view a pulling up in a white sedan in front of his Model 3, get out of the vehicle, sneak around to the passenger side and use a small tool to break into a backseat window.

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While nothing was taken from the vehicle Jed was able to provide the information to San Francisco Police who confirmed to ABC7 news Monday that they were able to arrest and suspect.

ABC7 News Anchor Dion Lim will have more on this story tonight at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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