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Pittsburgh Steelers QB Kenny Pickett's car stolen from dealership with playbook inside

KDKA-TV Afternoon Forecast (5-26-23)
KDKA-TV Afternoon Forecast (5-26-23) 02:32

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) —  A man is facing charges for allegedly stealing a vehicle belonging to Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett.

Christopher Carter of Murrysville is charged with receiving stolen property, unauthorized use of automobiles and other vehicles, and theft by unlawful taking, according to court documents. 

According to court records, Pickett was doing some advertising at Bowser Chevrolet of Monroeville on Wednesday when a man hopped in his car and sped off.

Drew Borst was watching TV at his home in the afternoon when he got a call from a friend who lives around the corner.

"Asked if I heard all the noise and if we were OK, and I said, 'I don't know what you're talking about,'" Borst said.

Borst quickly learned his neighbor, Carter, put his dog in a blue SUV and drove off.

"He drove and he went to the intersection right here, and I guess an argument broke out between him and somebody on the bike trail," Borst said.

By the time Borst stepped outside, Carter left the car parked at the stop sign and started chasing after his other dog. Another neighbor drove the car back to Railroad Lane and parked it on the grass in front of Borst's home.

It wasn't long before Murrysville police responded as Carter grabbed the downspout pipe off his house and fell down.

"They actually put him on a stretcher and put him into an ambulance," Borst said.

This is when Borst said two employees from the Bowser Chevrolet dealership showed up and told police the car belonged to Pickett.

Borst couldn't believe what they said.

"I thought, I got see if I heard that correctly. So I walked out, and I said to the two Bowser kids, I said, 'Did I hear that correctly?' And they said, 'Yeah,'" Borst said.

Court records say Monroeville police responded to the dealership on Route 286 just after 4:00 p.m. for a stolen 2023 navy Hyundai Genesis.

In the complaint, the officer said a witness saw a man walking around the showroom for a while before stealing the vehicle and heading east toward Plum. It also states surveillance video showed the suspect arrived at the dealership in his personal vehicle. By looking up the registration, police identified the suspect as 60-year-old Carter, who is now in the Allegheny County Jail.

"Who knows why people make the decisions they make," Borst said.

It's a day Borst won't forget when he also saw a black case carrying the Steelers' playbook in the trunk of the car.

"What are the odds that Kenny Pickett's car got stolen? And parked in my front yard? You know this doesn't happen every day," Borst said.

Now he wants to send a message to the quarterback himself.

"Kenny, come see us, you know where we live," Borst said.

When Bowser employees recovered the vehicle, they noticed some scratches and scuffs that were not on it before it was stolen.

The Steelers confirm to KDKA-TV that Pickett's playbook was in the car. It has since been returned, along with the SUV.

KDKA-TV reached out to Bowser for comment but has not heard back at this time.

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