EARLY — Shawn Brantley, who was sought by Early police in connection with the theft of a pickup, is in custody in Benbrook on multiple warrants, Early Police Chief David Mercer said Wednesday morning.
    Charges include a warrant from Early for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, Mercer said.
    A cooperative effort between Early police and sheriff’s officials in Brown and Tarrant counties led to Brantley’s arrest, he said.
    In a post on the Early Police Department’s Facebook page, police named Brantley as a suspect in the theft of a 2008 Ford King Ranch 250 pickup from Wildfire Truck Sales. The theft occurred during the night of Oct. 5-6.
    Police said via email earlier this week:
    Officers responded Oct. 5 to the 400 block of Early Boulevard, where a male and a female had stolen the keys to four vehicles. The vehicles were located on two car lots.
    Officers began searching for the couple and located the female in Brownwood.
    The male who was with Eason was identified as Brantley but was not located at that time. Brantley had outstanding warrants from several counties and another state.
    Police learned Oct. 6 a pickup had been stolen that one of the stolen keys belonged to. The pickup was later located on I-20 just west of Weatherford by a friend of the victim who saw the post on social media.
    DPS responded and recovered the vehicle.
    It was also learned a pickup was stolen from Weatherford just down the road from where the stolen vehicle from Early was located. Video surveillance showed a suspect possibly matching the description of Brantley.
    Weatherford police conducted an investigation on the vehicle stolen there.