Deputies located stolen items inside an SUV after the vehicle attracted the attention of Sheriff Vance Hill and a citizen as it sat in the dark on a county road Monday night, sheriff’s officials said.
    Deputies arrested three Brownwood brothers in the Chevrolet Trailblazer on charges unrelated to the stolen items, which were taken from a Brownwood pawn shop, sheriff’s investigator John Harper said. Investigators are following up on the pawn shop theft, Harper said.
    Deputy Marvin Simpson’s report and jail records identified the brothers as:
    • Michael Cerda, 34, charged with possession of marijuana under two ounces.
    • Rene Cerda, 20, charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana under two ounces.
    • Thomas Cerda, 22, charged with Class C theft. That charge is unrelated to the pawn shop theft.
    Hill said he first saw the brothers’ Trailblazer when it was stopped near his driveway, and he at first thought the occupants were having car trouble. The SUV drove away when Hill went outside.
    According to a report by deputy Marvin Simpson:
    Hill contacted Simpson at 8:45 p.m. about a suspicious vehicle on County Road 234. Hill saw the car sitting in the dark for a substantial period of time, and Hill also received a call from a concerned resident who saw four males smoking something in the vehicle.
    Simpson located the Trailblazer traveling on County Road 234 and saw the vehicle pull into the Food Plaza on Highway 377 South. Simpson spoke with the occupants and identified them as the three Cerda brothers and another juvenile family member.
    During a consent search, Simpson, assisted by Cpl. Taylor Fletcher, found marijuana and Xanax tablets.
    Fletcher located five cell phone cord accessories and two cell phone chargers that appeared to be brand new, and Thomas Cerda allegedly admitted to stealing four of the cords from the Food Plaza just before the deputies arrived. Cerda claimed one of the cords and the two chargers were his.
    The SUV also contained sound bars, digital cameras and iPads or iPods, Harper said. Those items were discovered later to have been stolen from the pawn shop, Harper said.