Man charged with abandoning stolen Tesla in Westmoreland County, breaking into rental property

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A Maryland man is accused of abandoning a stolen Tesla in Westmoreland County and breaking into a vacation rental property in the area.

State police said a man from Washington, DC, contacted them about his stolen car. The missing 2020 Tesla 3 was found, thanks to an app, near the intersection of Route 31 and Hellein School Road in Donegal. When an officer reported finding the stolen car, a woman fled from a rental property not far away.


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According to court records, the woman claimed that as she and her children entered the rental property, John Barilovits came out of the bathroom acting strangely. The woman took her children and ran out. None of them were injured.

Investigators said the officer ran to confront Barilovits, who was walking along Route 31. Police said he threw a plastic cup at the officer as he drew a stun gun. State police said the trooper grabbed Barilovits before he could use the stun gun and was arrested.

Barilovits is in the Westmoreland County Jail. He faces several charges.

Ross Guidotti

Ross Guidotti - KDKA

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