A man was arrested earlier this week in Austin while driving a $52,000 vehicle fraudulently obtained from the Bruner dealership in Brownwood, police said.
Austin police stopped a 2007 Cadillac Escalade because it was being driven erratically, and learned the vehicle had been reported stolen in Brownwood, police Sgt. Troy Carroll said.
Police arrested Richard Speed, 38, on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance, Carroll said.
But Speed isn’t suspected of being the person who bought the vehicle by stealing an Austin man’s identity, Carroll said. He said Speed and the identify theft suspect, who remains at large, know each other.
The suspect bought the vehicle on May 7, Carroll said. The suspect and Bruner representatives spent several days negotiating a sales contract, and Bruner approved the sale and delivered the vehicle to an individual in Brady, Carroll said.
A credit alert company notified the victim of the identity theft that a vehicle had been purchased in his name, Carroll said.
The same suspect is believed to have fraudulently bought a 2008 Infinity QX56 worth $56,000 from a Euless dealership, Carroll said. The Infiniti has not been found, while the Escalade taken from the Bruner dealership will be returned to Toyota Motor Credit, he said.
In other incidents:
• Officer Trey Weathermon arrested Courtney Tonick, 18, of Canyon Lake on a theft charge. Weathermon was dispatched to an apartment in the 1700 block of Magnolia, where several items including a laptop computer and XBox console were reported stolen.
A man told police he had brought Tonick to the apartment after meeting her through a MySpace page. He left her alone to go play golf and the items were stolen, Tonick’s report states.
• Officer Brandon Arnold arrested Desi Lujan, 24, of Brownwood on a charge of burglary of a habitation with the intent of committing a felony after responding to a domestic disturbance in the 2800 block of Avenue E.