Christopher Carter, the Murrysville man accused of stealing Kenny Pickett’s car from a Monroeville dealership late last month, was arrested and released on $5,000 bond early Tuesday morning, according to court records.
Carter had been scheduled to appear in front of Monroeville magistrate Jeffrey L. Herbst on Monday morning, but he did not show up for that hearing and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. He was taken into custody and released early Tuesday after a bail hearing.
A new preliminary hearing has been scheduled in front of magistrate Herbst for Monday, June 12 at 8:30 a.m.
Carter faces charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property, both third-class felonies, as well as misdemeanor unauthorized used of an automobile. In Pennsylvania, third-class felonies carry a maximum punishment of seven years and a fine of up to $15,000.
Security footage shows a man entering then dealership just after 1 p.m. and leaving the parking lot in Pickett’s Genesis SUV just before 3:30 p.m. Carter was first identified as a suspect when police ran the plates on his personal vehicle, which was left at the dealership. The car was later found in front of Carter’s home when Murrysville police responded to a domestic incident at that address.
The vehicle reportedly had Pickett’s Steelers playbook in the back of it when it was stolen. Both the vehicle and the playbook were recovered, with some minor damage reported to the vehicle.
The Steelers and Pickett have not commented on the incident. Pickett has continued to participate in the team’s organized team activities at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side.