Man used smartphone app to break into and steal Tesla from the Mall of America

But he was caught, easily, three days later.
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The wonders of modern technology enabled a 21-year-old man to steal a Tesla from the Mall of America, but also helped police track him down just days later.

The theft happened overnight between Aug. 26-27, with the electric car taken from Trevls, a Tesla rental business adjacent to the Bloomington megamall, Bloomington PD told Bring Me The News.

The suspect, who FOX 9 reports is a regular customer of the business, was able to manipulate the Tesla app to unlock and start a red Tesla Model 3.

The 21-year-old from Minneapolis then drove off the rental car's parking lot and left the state.

The thing about a Tesla, though, is that it is jam-packed with the latest in hi-tech gadgetry, making it pretty much one of the worst vehicles to steal.

Every time it's recharged, Tesla can tell you where the car is, but what's more is this rental vehicle was also installed with additional tracking technology that made locating it a breeze.

He made it as far as I-35 in Waco, Texas a few days later when he was pulled over by a state trooper after locating the stolen car, with the suspect booked into jail on a felony charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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Speaking to FOX 9, computer specialist Mark Lanterman doesn't think the suspect "hacked" the app per se, but rather convinced Tesla to add the VIN number of that vehicle and add it to his Tesla account, allowing him to control the car from his phone.

The case has now been referred to the Hennepin County Attorney's Office for possible charges.

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