A man who allegedly stole six luxury cars has been banned from several shopping centers and their car parks.
Nathan Abela, 34, was arrested at a shopping center in Schofields, in Sydney’s northwest, on Sunday night after a member of the public called police.
Three Teslas, an Audi, a Mercedes and a Volkswagen Golf were allegedly seized in January and February this year while parked at centers around Rouse Hill, Box Hill and Schofields.
Abela, who is understood to be homeless, was allegedly carrying a three-bladed metal multi-tool with him during his arrest.
Nathan Abela allegedly unlocked six luxury cars in north-west Sydney car parks
In the photo, one of the cars allegedly controlled by Abela.
He was charged with six counts of malicious damage and one count of custody of an offensive implement in a public place.
Abela appeared at Blacktown Local Court on Monday after spending a night in custody and was granted conditional bail.
As part of his conditions, the 34-year-old is banned from entering Schofields Village shopping centre, Woolworths in Schofields and Rouse Hill shopping centre, as well as the car parks at each centre.
You must also have good behavior and abstain from consuming alcohol and drugs, unless prescribed by a doctor.
Abela must also see a GP within seven days and accept any treatment reasonably recommended.
Shocking footage from the security system of one of the Teslas captured Abela allegedly carrying out the act.
The video showed the man walking alongside the cars while allegedly dragging the tool along the side of the vehicle before looking behind him to see if anyone was watching.
Abela was allegedly seen hitting another car in a separate incident.
He will appear in court again on March 4.
The 34-year-old was arrested at a shopping center in Schofields, in Sydney’s northwest, after he allegedly hit six cars.
It comes after Raymond Edwards, 70, and his wife Barbara were caught tampering with a Tesla at the Brookside shopping center in Brisbane’s inner north last October.
Standing outside his home last month, Edwards told Daily Mail Australia that he and Barbara had let frustration get the better of them after a white Tesla and a white BMW “cut them off” and almost forced them to crash. against a power pole, about 800 meters from the shops. .
The pair then tried to get revenge, but were surprised by the Tesla’s sentry mode, which records the threats on video. They were also seen tampering with the BMW.
Edwards admitted tampering with the cars was the wrong decision before launching into a tirade about motorist behaviour.
He also stated that he would never own an electric vehicle and would “stand there and applaud” if he ever saw a Tesla on fire on the side of the road.
“I regret our actions, but the point is that civility has been thrown out the window and stupidity has been thrown out the window,” Mr Edwards said.
Mr. Edwards was ordered to pay $2,443.61 in restitution for the damage caused to the Tesla and the BMW, while Ms. Edwards was ordered to pay the remaining $897.25 for repair work on the Tesla.
Shocking footage allegedly showed the man tampering with a car before he was arrested and charged.
Raymond Edwards, 70 (pictured), was caught on camera manipulating a Tesla with his wife in a shopping center parking lot. He has blamed drivers for the way he acts on the road.