Two Brownwood men have been arrested in the break-in last week of an Early auto lot and the theft of two pickups, police said.
    Police identified the two as:
    • Jamith Burt Fraser, 42, arrested Tuesday and facing two charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and one charge of burglary of a building.
    Fraser was also served with two warrants for failure to appear, two warrants for driving with an invalid license and a bond forfeiture warrant for unauthorized use of a vehicle in an earlier case.
    • Dustin Hubbard, 32, arrested Wednesday on two charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle and one charge of burglary of a building.

Investigation begins
    According to emails from Early police:
    Officers responded Jan. 31 to the 500 block of Early on a report of a burglary of a building. Someone forced entry into the office building and stole key fobs to several vehicles, then took two vehicles from the car lot — an orange 1995 Dodge pickup and a white 2013 Dodge dually pickup.
    The Early Police Department received information on Feb. 1 on the possible location of one of the stolen pickups. Officers located and recovered the white 2013 Dodge dually on Lewis Street on the west side of Brownwood.
    The pickup has some body damage and someone had started painting the bumpers with a different color to attempt to hide the identity of the pickup.
 
Following leads
    Detective Brandon McMillian followed leads on possible suspects for several days. Officers located a storage building Monday off Belle Plain with paint supplies and other evidence after receiving a tip that the older pickup had been painted in that storage building a few days earlier.
    McMillian and Brownwood detective Brian Rice followed leads Tuesday on the stolen pickup, possibly related to a Brownwood case, when they located the older pickup at a residence on Hillsboro Street.
    The pickup had been painted black but was identified by VIN numbers. Officers also located a suspect, identified as Fraser, and arrested him on outstanding warrants, and found a small amount of methamphetamine in  his possession.
     Fraser was later questioned about the incident and confessed to breaking into the car lot and taking the two pickups, police said in the email.

Second arrest
    At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Early and Brownwood officers arrested Hubbard at his home in the 2700 block of North Main Blvd. in north Brownwood.
    While searching Hubbard’s residence, officers located a key  they believed fit the 2013 Dodge pickup.d