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Police nab man sought for stealing demos from area dealerships where he worked

November 18, 2010

Authorities arrested a fugitive who allegedly stole the demonstrator vehicles from several area dealerships that employed him. The man was captured Aug. 7 while he applied for work at a North Aurora dealership. 

Thomas Eric Carter, 57, was sought by the U.S. Marshals Service on federal charges of interstate trafficking of stolen vehicles. Deputy U.S. Marshal Keith Sykes said Carter usually worked several weeks at a dealership, long enough to secure a couple paychecks and a demo, then he would disappear.


The five vehicles stolen locally all were recovered, said Sykes, who added that more area dealers called his office after a story about Carter appeared in the July 3 edition of the CATA Bulletin. 

North Aurora police arrested Carter and held him for officials from the U.S. Marshals Service. The North Aurora dealer said police did not question a man who had driven Carter to the dealership.


Carter reportedly used three aliases, none of which deviated much from his given name. At the time of his arrest, the dealer said, Carter had completed paperwork indicating his name to be Thomas Carter.