NORTHRIDGE (CBSLA) — A man is caught on video taking off with valuable Tesla parts and now the search is on for that thief.
It happened at a shopping plaza in Northridge in broad daylight. Now the victim wants other Tesla owners to be warned.
The man was caught on a dashboard camera stealing an expensive part from a Tesla Monday evening.
The owner of the Tesla couldn't believe his eyes when he saw the video.
"I came out and I didn't know anything of it and I started driving and my car was throwing errors and I wondered what happened so I did a walk around the car. The part of the front of the car was missing," said Ammar Abukurah.
The video shows a man using a rag to hide some type of tool he uses to steal the part off the Tesla. The thief keeps looking around while trying to get the part. After a struggle he makes off with it.
"It's not just Teslas, it's any car. He could go steel a wheel off a car. It's just not fair to take things that belong to other people," said Abukurah.
The part he stole is worth about a thousand dollars. Tesla has made it pretty impossible for someone to steal their car and even taking a part requires a certain tool.
It's just a piece of plastic is really all it is. But it has a Tesla name on it so I think they are stealing them because Tesla is the hot thing right now," said Abukurah.
The thief was driving a black Mercedes with paper plates.
If you recognize him or if you have any information you're asked to call the LAPD.
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