Fresh off of his rookie season, Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett is a fairly notable face in and around Pittsburgh.
Like many others around the NFL, the rising second-year signal-caller recently finished the first week of organized team activities this week. But beyond participating in Wednesday’s OTAs, Pickett’s day became a bit more intriguing.
While attending an event at a local car dealership near Pittsburgh, Pickett’s 2023 Genesis SUV was stolen.
Thankfully, it did not take police a lot of time to find the stolen vehicle.
Marcie Cipriani of WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh reported Friday that police arrested 60-year-old Christopher Carter, of Murrysville, Pa., on Wednesday and charged him with theft, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, according to court records obtained by WTAE.
Police were able to arrest Carter quickly because he left his personal car at the dealership after stealing Pickett’s, according to WTAE-TV. Police found Pickett’s car near Westmoreland Heritage Trail in Murrysville.
To make the situation even more riveting, Pickett’s playbook was inside of the car when Carter stole the signal-caller’s SUV. That meant the 23-year-old needed not only his car back but also his handbook of instructions to continue his growth as a leader in Pittsburgh next season.
MORE: The Pittsburgh Steelers confirm KENNY PICKETT’S PLAYBOOK WAS IN HIS SUV WHEN IT WAS STOLEN- and they say the PLAYBOOK WAS RETURNED WITH THE VEHICLE #WTAE pic.twitter.com/OFLrjKEWUf— Marcie Cipriani (@MCipriani_WTAE) May 26, 2023
Thankfully, the playbook was recovered and returned to Pickett, along with the vehicle.
In his first season, Pickett threw for 2,404 yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions. With a better grasp of the playbook—and it now back in his possession—Pickett will seek to increase his production in Year 2, so long as he keeps his guide close by at all times.