Abilene man arrested for allegedly running multi-county auto sale scheme
BROWNWOOD, Texas - A man is in Brown County Jail for carrying out a car dealership scam that took thousands of dollars from a Bangs woman.
Thomas Bret Jackson, 61, of Abilene was arrested in Jones County on Dec. 2 and taken Monday to the Brown County Jail on two theft warrants, according to law enforcement.
Court documents filed in Brown County revealed Jackson paid a Bangs woman $21,500 for her Ford F250 pickup truck in July and then sold it for $16,000 to a dealership in Early.
But when she tried cashing the check, it allegedly bounced because of insufficient funds.
Jackson's dealership, which was located at 7540 W US 67, has a sign that reads closed and directs people to contact the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles if they have any questions.
Jackson declined a request from KTXS for a jailhouse interview.
Brown County Sheriff's Office investigator John Harper said Thursday that Jackson operated a complicated multi-county auto sales scheme.
While he couldn't go into details because of an ongoing investigation, Harper said he believes Jackson sold several vehicles to people without titles.
According to online jail records, Jackson has been booked into the Taylor County Jail at least five different times for theft-related charges.
The director of Jones County's probation office told KTXS that Jackson was placed on five years probation in August for the charges of false name, false information, and forgery.
Another Brown County warrant alleges he scammed Citizens National Bank in Brownwood out of $7,030 in August. He reportedly borrowed money against cars and trucks he purchases for resale from the bank.
When the bank's president tried cashing Jackson's check, it also allegedly bounced back.
Jackson remains in the Brown County Jail on bonds totaling $50,000, according to the jail's website.