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U.S. Marshals Service hunts man who has worked at area dealerships

November 18, 2010

The U.S. Marshals Service is seeking a man who has worked at several area dealerships, each time stealing the demonstrator vehicle he was issued.


Thomas Eric Carter, 57, is described as 6 feet 3 inches tall, 215 pounds. Several of his aliases are similar to his name: Jean Eric Carter, Tomas Carter, ThomasEric Eriksen.


Deputy U.S. Marshal Keith Sykes said Carter usually works several weeks at a dealership, long enough to secure a couple paychecks and a demo, then he disappears. All the vehicles eventually were recovered.


"He’s (Carter) well-spoken and he speaks several languages, including Spanish," said Sykes. "He’s really good at talking to people and selling cars. At a few places, he was the top seller.


"He also likes to spend time at work on computer dating services."


Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Carter should contact Sykes at 312-617-1810.


Carter is a fugitive on federal charges of interstate trafficking of stolen vehicles. He also faces charges by Glendale Heights police for vehicle theft; and by Naperville police for assault and domestic battery.


Sykes said that Carter interviewed with a few area dealers who offered him a position, but Carter declined the offers upon learning he would not be issued a demo vehicle.