Two of the four cars Thurman allegedly purchased with bad checks were also at the hotel, Channel 2 Action News reported. The other two were recovered.
According to Channel 2, Thurman would pick out used cars late in the day and write checks on a closed account. He allegedly wrote one check for $18,000 at Jim Ellis Automotive’s DeKalb location and another for $24,000 at a Cadillac dealership.
Thurman hasn’t been charged in the alleged car dealership thefts.
Jim Ellis Automotive Vice President Mark Frost said since most dealerships are self-insured, the thefts are a total loss and make it difficult to give raises and make new hires.
“It’s kind of like a virus,” Frost told the news station. “They mutate and they’re good at what they do and they learn what our process is and go around one or two of the hurdles that we normally have in place.”
Gwinnett, Hall and Stephens counties also have warrants out for Thurman’s arrest, according to Fulton County jail records. Thurman’s court appearance for the hotel-related theft charges is scheduled for Aug. 29.