A former Brownwood auto dealer was arrested in Arizona on an allegation that he took $32,000 from a Brownwood couple and did not deliver the vehicle he had promised, authorities said.
Clarence “Bob” Acord, who owned Acord Motors, was arrested Monday as a fugitive from justice in Peoria, Ariz., and remained Wednesday in the Maricopa County Jail, according to an automated jail information line.
Acord, 51, was arrested on a warrant obtained by the Brownwood Police Department for theft over $20,000 under $100,000, court documents state.
Acord let his business license expire in April or May and the business is no longer open, Brownwood police Sgt. Troy Carroll said.
According to a police report by patrolman Dustin Bode and a complaint filed by Carroll, the Brownwood couple made arrangements with Acord at Acord Motors on June 3 to purchase a vehicle.
The husband obtained a loan for $32,405, and the funds were disbursed in a check payable to Acord Motors. Acord deposited the check into a bank, withholding $1,000 in cash.
Acord agreed to travel to Dallas to buy the Escalade at wholesale price from a vehicle auction. They agreed on the purchase, but Acord did not return with the vehicle, saying it would be ready for pickup on June 5, the couple told police.
On June 5, they had not received their vehicle and contacted Acord to determine the problem. The wife told police she received “off-the-wall excuses” as to why the vehicle was not in her possession.
Carroll contacted Manheim Dallas Auto Auction to learn whether Acord had purchased the Escalade. Based on the VIN number Acord had provided to the couple, Carroll learned that the vehicle had been sold to an Odessa auto dealer.