Anniston Sgt. Chris Sparks said Thomas Edward Edmondson, 26, of Anniston, was charged Wednesday with first-degree theft after police completed their investigation. Sparks said Edmondson stole a 2013 Hyundai Elantra Feb. 9 from a dealership on the 100 block of south Quintard Avenue.
George Brunner, general manager of Superior Hyundai, said he’s unsure how Edmondson was able to steal the car.
“The keys are kept in a locked cabinet,” Brunner said.
Brunner said it’s possible Edmondson may have taken the car for a test drive and pocketed the keys. He was unsure how many times the car was driven that day. Brunner said he doesn’t remember seeing Edmondson at the car lot before. The stolen car has since been returned to the dealership, Brunner said.
Sparks said the car and Edmondson were discovered in Oxford by police shortly after the theft took place. Oxford police charged Edmondson with receiving stolen property, the sergeant said.
Online records show Edmondson was transferred to the Calhoun County Jail on Feb. 11 and was still there as of Thursday afternoon. Bond is set at $20,000 for both charges. Court dates have been scheduled for March 21 and April 8.
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