Hot on the heels of the revelation that security researchers can steal a Tesla in less than 30 seconds with $600 in parts, a 21 year old has stolen a Tesla Model 3 using just a smartphone and his wits. The car in this case was a rental car that had been previously rented by the suspect. One of the "cool" features of Tesla ownership is being able to start the car with just smartphone authentication. Because the suspect in this case had previously rented the car, he was able to socially engineer the Tesla support agent into reinstating his smartphone authentication onto the vehicle. Then he disabled the GPS tracking on the vehicle and took a cross country trip in the stolen car. He was arrested 2 days later in Waco, TX after being tracked using the Tesla Supercharger stations in various states. Computer forensics specialist Mark Lanterman commented on the case and said that he believes the suspected thief was able to make Tesla add the vehicle on his Tesla account: "What it sounds like this person may have done is convince Tesla to take the VIN number of that vehicle and add it to his Tesla account. By doing that, you can do that with a phone call. By doing that, you can now control the Tesla from an app on your phone." Tesla sometimes does that for Tesla owners with loaner vehicles to enable the features of the mobile app, like unlocking and starting the vehicle without the key.