2 men arrested, 1 confesses to painting 2 pickup trucks stolen from Early car lot

Jamith Burt Fraser

The Early Police Department arrested two men for reportedly breaking into a car lot and taking two pickup trucks.

Jamith Burt Fraser, 42, remains in the Brown County Jail on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance, according to the jail's website. Fraser, arrested Tuesday, is also behind bars on five other outstanding warrants.

Moreover, officers arrested Dustin Aaron Hubbard, 32, Wednesday afternoon on charges of burglary of a building and unauthorized use of motor vehicles.

According to a press release, Early Police first recovered one of the stolen vehicles Feb. 1 in Brownwood with some body damage and paint on the bumper. Fraser was reportedly in the process of painting the pickup a different color to hide its identity.

Officers found paint supplies Monday at a storage building in Brownwood after receiving a tip that a pickup was painted there.

The two pickups were stolen Jan. 31 from a car dealership in the 500 block of Early Boulevard, according to Early Police Chief David Mercer. Fraser allegedly forced his way into the dealership and stole the keys to the pickups.

The other stolen vehicle - an orange truck - was located Tuesday. It had been painted black. But officers were able to identify it using the VIN number.

Police then located Fraser and arrested him on five outstanding warrants, according to Chief Mercer. Officials also discovered a small amount of methamphetamine on him.

Mercer said Fraser confessed to burglarizing the dealership and stealing the vehicles.

Hubbard, on the other hand, was arrested at his home on the 2700 block of North Main Boulevard in Brownwood, according to Mercer. Police found a key believed to be of a stolen pickup in Hubbard's house.

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