Chad M. Stewart, a Morgan man, arrested for stealing a BMW valued at $40,000 while test driving it and making the salesman get out of the car at gunpoint.
The Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office has charged him with three felonies. Aggravated robbery, weapons violation-restricted person, and stolen property possess/receive.
According to Salt Lake City police investigators Stewart has a history of stealing cars.
Stewart, 35, was arrested Sunday in Morgan after Morgan County Sheriff’s deputies received a tip of the stolen car parked in a driveway of a relative’s house. The Morgan County Deputies obtained a firearm was recovered in his bedroom of the home he resides.
According to Salt Lake County Jail documents obtained by The Morgan County News, Stewart has several felony convictions in Virginia and was restricted from carrying a firearm.
Police say Stewart drove to a car dealership, Exclusive Cars, in Salt Lake City last Friday and asked to test drive a BMW M5.
While test driving the car with a salesman, he got to Parleys Canyon on I-80, where police say he pulled over, pointed a gun at the salesman head and told him to get out.
Investigators later learned that the car he drove to the dealership, a Mini Cooper, was stolen from a car rental company in Washington, D.C., in 2007, according to jail documents. The Mini Cooper had stolen licence plates out of South Carolina. The plates were stolen off a GMC truck. Stewart admitted to stealing the Mini Cooper in 2007 during the interview. He also admitted to stealing the plate from a GMC truck.
According to the documents Stewart told the police investigators that the gun he used in the carjacking “is a prop gun and is loaded with blanks.”
Stewart said his stolen Mini Cooper had “too many miles,” so he decided to steal a new car during a test-drive last week, according to the court documents.
The man faces a first-degree felony count of aggravated robbery and a second-degree felony count of theft by receiving stolen property. He was being held Tuesday in the Salt Lake County jail on $50,000 bail.
He does not have any previous convictions in Utah, according to Utah court records.