Abilene man arrested for allegedly running multi-county auto sale scheme

Â?Thomas Bret Jackson, 61, of Abilene was arrested during December 2017 for allegedly scamming a Bangs woman out of thousands of dollars.

BROWNWOOD, Texas - {span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}A man is in Brown County Jail for carrying out a car dealership scam that took thousands of dollars from a Bangs woman.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}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.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}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.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}But when she tried cashing the check, it allegedly bounced because of insufficient funds.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}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. {/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}Jackson declined a request from KTXS for a jailhouse interview.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}Brown County Sheriff's Office investigator John Harper said Thursday that Jackson operated a complicated multi-county auto sales scheme.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}While he couldn't go into details because of an ongoing investigation, Harper said he believes Jackson sold several vehicles to people without titles.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}According to online jail records, Jackson has been booked into the Taylor County Jail at least five different times for theft-related charges. {/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}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.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}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.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}When the bank's president tried cashing Jackson's check, it also allegedly bounced back.{/span}{/span}

{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}Jackson remains in the Brown County Jail on bonds totaling $50,000, according to the jail's website.{/span}{/span}