A diver recovered a World War II-era M-1 carbine, which was taken in an Early house burglary, from the Pecan Bayou Monday evening, Early Police Chief David Mercer said.
Brownwood police Sgt. Troy Carroll entered the water near the Skillet’s restaurant and recovered the rifle around 8 p.m., Mercer said.
Earlier Monday, a suspect in the burglary, accompanied by Early police, helped direct the efforts of two Lake Patrol officers who searched with a small boat. One of the Lake Patrol officers dropped a magnet attached to a rope into the water several times.
The suspect, a Brownwood man in his 20s, tossed branches into the water to show officers where the rifle landed.
Prescription medicine was also taken in the burglary, which was reported to police on July 2, Mercer said. He said police have returned the rifle to the owner.
In other incidents:
• Deputy Carlyle Gover arrested Richard Garcia, 21, of Lake Brownwood on a charge of possessing a prohibited weapon (brass knuckles) and on outstanding warrants after a traffic stop at Fisk and Austin.
Deputy Pete Bastardo arrested Trent Rinehart, 22, of Brownwood on a charge of possession of a controlled substance after a traffic stop at Coleman and Melwood. On the same stop, deputy Fred Bastardo arrested Misty Ordiway, 29, of Brownwood on a charge of driving with an invalid license with a prior conviction.