TWIN FALLS — Police on Friday arrested a felon suspected of being illegally armed and stealing a luxury car and a large wad of cash from a woman with whom he’d been staying.
Eric Courtney Hunter, 37, was arrested about 8:20 a.m. when a sheriff’s deputy spotted him driving the stolen 2007 BMW 530i on Addison Avenue East near Elm Street, Twin Falls Police Lt. Terry Thueson said.
Officers swarmed the area Friday morning to surround and arrest Hunter and later found a shotgun hidden inside the stolen car, Thueson said. They also found a large sum of cash that matched the description a woman gave of money Hunter stole from her.
Hunter was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in California, Thueson said. Court records showed he also served a year in prison in Idaho for intimidating a witness and finished that prison term in August. Those convictions precluded Hunter from legally possessing a firearm.
Initial police reports suggested Hunter was wanted in connection to a robbery, but Thueson clarified Friday afternoon that he was wanted for stealing the car and the cash, which he allegedly took while the victim was sleeping and not by force or violence.
Police began searching for Hunter about 6:30 a.m. Friday when a woman who lives on Monroe Street called to report that Hunter, who had been living with her for about a month, stole her car and her savings sometime during the night, Thueson said.
About 8:15 a.m., a Twin Falls County Sheriff’s deputy spotted the stolen car and stopped Hunter, and police swarmed the car on Addison Avenue East near Albertsons Market. Officers detained Hunter without incident and found the cash and shotgun inside the stolen car.
Police are seeking to charge Hunter with two counts of grand theft for stealing the car and cash, and one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He’s expected to be arraigned on the charges Monday in Twin Falls County Magistrate Court.