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Police arrest three teenagers for allegedly stealing a Tesla. One of the suspects pretended to be a prospective buyer but then drove away with the car. Photo: Handout

Hong Kong police arrest 3 teenagers for allegedly stealing Tesla after 1 posed as prospective buyer

  • Teen answers online advert, poses as prospective buyer but then allegedly drives off with car
  • Police are holding two men, 18, and one girl, 16, for further questioning about the incident

Hong Kong police have arrested three people, including a 16-year-old girl, for allegedly stealing a Tesla after one of them acted as a prospective buyer and drove off with the vehicle.

The girl and two 18-year-old men were arrested early on Saturday on suspicion of taking a conveyance without authority, according to the force.

“One of the arrested males was a prospective buyer of the vehicle and we found the car key in his possession,” the force said.

Three people were arrested for allegedly stealing a Tesla after the owner put it up for sale. Photo: Handout

The arrests were made after a woman reported the theft to police on Friday.

“The complainant earlier put the car up for sale on an online platform and later met two prospective buyers in Sai Kung. But the two men drove the car and fled when the victim did not pay attention to them,” the force said.

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After further investigation, police found the stolen Tesla in a car park in Mei Foo and later arrested the three suspects after laying an ambush there.

The case is being handled by the Tseung Kwan O district crime investigation team. The three suspects were still being detained for questioning and police said they had not ruled out making more arrests.