Happily, the car's owner has been reunited with their pride and joy.
Tesla introduced Sentry Mode as a handy security feature to help prevent vandalism, theft, and break-ins to an owner's Tesla Model 3, Model S, Model X, and Model Y. When activated, the 360-degree exterior cameras monitor the environment around the car when it's left unattended and starts recording if it detects any suspicious activity. But it turns out this can be a useful surveillance tool to catch criminals stealing other cars parked nearby.
As originally reported by Motorpassion, footage captured from an owner's Tesla Model 3 caught a group of car thieves stealing a 964-Series Porsche 911 Carrera 2 in the Spanish town of Benicassim.
The footage shows the two thieves, who were wearing face masks to hide their identity, quietly rolling the Porsche 911 out of a parking lot in the early hours of the morning after breaking into the classic sports car and driving away into the night. Unfortunately for them, the Porsche 911 was parked next to a Tesla Model 3 in Sentry Mode, which caught them in the act.
The owner of the Tesla Model 3 sent the footage of the crime to Jose Saez-Merino, a relative of the Porsche's owner, who shared it on social media and also sent it to the police to try and identify the thieves and recover the stolen car.
Since a classic blue Porsche 911 with gold wheels is quite distinctive, it didn't take long for someone to recognize the sports car and reunite the owner with their pride and joy.
Less than 24 hours after the video was shared on social media, the 911 was found abandoned in a suburban area near Valencia after someone recognized the 911 in a post shared on Facebook and alerted police. The suspects are still at large, but hopefully the footage will help police catch these thieves before they try to steal someone else's classic sports car.