Brownwood police arrested a Tyler man Tuesday who is accused of writing a bad check for more than $28,000 for the purchase of a luxury car from Mears Ford.
Jonathan Valentine, 26, was booked into the Brown County Jail on theft charges in Brown, Bell and Anderson counties, a motion to revoke probation for theft in Cherokee County and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in Lampasas County, jail records state.
Bonds were set at $315,000.
The Mears Ford theft happened on April 28. Police said a man told Mears employees he was in the land business and wrote a check to buy a 2006 Lincoln LS.
It was after 5 p.m. and banks were closed, so the dealership couldn’t verify that the check was good, police said. The dealership allowed the man to take the car on good faith.
The check wasn’t good, however, police said. When the dealership learned that, employees text-messaged the man’s cell phone, but couldn’t get him to return the car.
Officer James Fuller arrested Valentine and recovered the Lincoln, police said.
Valentine is suspected in a similar scenario in Stephenville, according to the Stephenville Empire-Tribune.
A man wrote a check for $31,000 to Bruner Motors for a 2005 Dodge pickup on April 26, the newspaper reported.
Later that same day, he bought a 27-foot RV valued at more than $28,000 from Bayer Motor Company, according to the paper.
Authorities recovered the pickup and RV at the Shady Oaks RV Park in Brownwood, the paper reported.