Brownwood police arrested a vehicle burglary suspect Monday night who was wearing a shirt from the restaurant at which he once worked. In fact, the suspect was accused earlier of burglarizing that restaurant.
Police arrested Joshua Lucier, 29, of Brownwood, a short time after two vehicles were burglarized in a parking lot outside Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Brownwood police said. Officers located Lucier, who was wearing a Humphrey Pete's shirt, around 8:45 p.m. at Dairy Queen after a witness gave police the license plate number and description of the suspect's vehicle.
Lucier was booked into the Brown County Jail on two charges of burglary of a vehicle, jail records state. He remained jailed Tuesday in lieu of bonds totaling $6,000.
Officer Jesse Mares was dispatched to the hospital around 6:30 p.m. on a report that a vehicle had been burglarized, Mares' report states. The burglar broke out a window and took $288 from the vehicle's center console, another $40 from a purse and a debit card.
Coincidentally, Mares saw the suspect at the hospital as Mares was preparing to take the report, Assistant Police Chief James Fuller said. Mares noted that the man was wearing a Humphrey Pete's shirt but there was nothing to suggest he was a suspect in a crime, Fuller said.
Mares took the report, and was dispatched back to the hospital around 8:30 p.m. to take another vehicle burglary report. The suspect got away with a makeup bag. But the vehicle's owner was walking out of the hospital and heard the noise from a window being broken out of his vehicle, Fuller said. The owner approached his vehicle and saw the suspect driving away. Mares' report described that vehicle as a blue SUV.
Officers Danny Hutchins and Shade Tidwell located the suspect vehicle and the suspect at Dairy Queen. Mares arrived at Dairy Queen and remembered seeing the suspect earlier at the hospital. Mares remembered the man's clothing, including his Humphrey Pete's shirt, Fuller said.
Police located the debit card from the first vehicle burglary in the suspect's vehicle, and saw the makeup bag from the second burglary under a vehicle parked next to the suspect's vehicle, Fuller said.
Lucier was arrested in August in connection with the July 6 break-in at Humphrey Pete's restaurant, where Lucier had worked. He was also charged earlier with vehicle burglary and theft charges.