Arrest of brothers in Mt. Pleasant, Denton County clears up August burglary

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram News Editor

Oct. 2, 2007 - Two Brashear men had been taken in custody Tuesday in Mount Pleasant and Denton County in connection with an August burglary in Hopkins County.

Joseph Leslie Meadows, 25, was taken into custody in Mount Pleasant this week, while his brother, 19-year-old Jonathan Heath Meadows, was arrested in Denton County and has since been transported to Hopkins County jail on the charges, according to Hopkins County Sheriff’s Investigator Lewis Tatum.

The Brashear brothers tipped their hand by writing checks, stolen from the County Road 1138 residence, in the Mount Pleasant area this week. 

The victim discovered the checks had been stolen after getting notices that checks had bounced on her account. She notified authorities after realizing the items were missing, Tatum said. In addition to two checkbooks, the woman reported a $1,400 diamond ring set and a 9mm pistol missing from her property. The items were thought to have been taken between Aug. 24 and Sept. 21 from the CR 1138 residence, reports state.

Officers followed the check trail, which lead to the brothers, and were able to gather enough evidence to get warrants for the two men’s arrests for burglary of a habitation.

Jonathan Heath Meadows, 19, was arrested by Denton County police on Hopkins County warrants for burglary of a habitation, as well as charges of bail jumping, debit card abuse, possession of alcohol by a minor, failure to maintain financial responsibility and failure to appear on traffic ticket warrants, according to arrest and jail reports.

Tatum and Texas Ranger Philip Kemp traveled to Denton to take custody of Meadows. During the course of the day, Tatum and Kemp learned that, aside from the money, the remainder of the stolen items were in Denton. Everything except the money and forged checks were recovered.

Joseph Leslie Meadows, had also been arrested Monday, and according to Tatum, is still in custody in Mount Pleasant.

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