Early police didn’t catch anyone burglarizing coin-operated vending machines when they set up on a business early Saturday morning, but they did stop a pumpkin caper. Four people were arrested on misdemeanor theft charges, Early Police Chief David Mercer said.

Sgt. Shawn Dibrell was conducting surveillance on Sliger’s at 3 a.m. due to recent burglaries of coin-operated machines, Mercer said.

Dibrell, watching the machines at the front of the building, saw a vehicle pull from behind the business and drive away. Dibrell stopped the vehicle for having an expired registration and also to check out why the vehicle was behind the business, Mercer said.

Patrolman John Mills of Early and Brownwood patrolmen Sky Self and Brandon Miller arrived as backup. The officers learned that several large pumpkins had been stolen from Sliger’s, Mercer said.

The vehicle’s four occupants were arrested, Mercer said. He identified them as Bobby Evans, 20, of Brady; Billy Cavness, 20, listed as homeless in Brown County Jail records; Timothy Neith, 21, of Brownwood; and Daniel Vimmer, 21, of Brownwood.

Police are investigating a series of burglaries of coin-operated machines at local businesses. Mercer said there was no evidence tying the four who were arrested to the burglaries.

In another incident, a man tried to buy a 30-pack of beer at the Texas Express store, 505 N. Center, Saturday night. A worker told the man he couldn’t buy it with $7, and the man said he would rob the store, a report by officer Zane Taylor states.

The worker closed the store for the night and went to the Texas Express store in Early to help close that store. The same man showed up there and tried to buy beer, but was refused because he was intoxicated, Taylor’s report states.

The worker returned to the Brownwood store to check on it and saw that the glass door had been shattered. Two 30-packs of beer and six packs of cigarettes were taken.

In other incidents:

• Taylor arrested Rollie Lopez, 27, of Brownwood, on a parole violation warrant at 2:12 a.m. Sunday. Taylor saw that Lopez had a ladies’ wallet and asked who it belonged to. The man said it belonged to his girlfriend.

The wallet contained a driver’s license and other documents showing it belonged to someone other than his girlfriend. Lopez told Taylor he’d been to the woman’s home but didn’t know how the wallet got in his pocket. He said he was too intoxicated to remember much of it, Taylor’s report states.

Taylor is seeking a warrant in connection with the man’s possession of the wallet.

• Brownwood officer Sky Self was dispatched to a home in the 1900 block of Avenue E at 2:15 a.m. Sunday. Self heard a woman tell a man to quit hitting her or he’d go to jail. Self heard the man say he didn’t “give a (expletive),” Self’s report states.

Self arrested Jerry Colbert, 48, of Brownwood, on an assault charge, jail records state.

• Sgt. Art Shannon arrested John Riggins, 22, of Brownwood, on an assault charge after a domestic disturbance in the 4100 block of Eighth.

• Officer Shade Tidwell was dispatched to a home in the 1000 block of Durham on a disturbance. A couple’s daughter told police she heard her mother say in Spanish, “Help, help, daughter, help!” The daughter also reported seeing an altercation.

Tidwell arrested Homero Rincon, 39, of Brownwood, on an assault charge.

• Officer Anna Sturgeon was dispatched to the 1400 block of Main Sunday night on a report that two people were fighting in the road. A woman walking in the road told Sturgeon their car had broken down and her boyfriend had gone for help.

Suspecting the woman was intoxicated, Sturgeon began a field sobriety test when a man ran up and said, “I hit her in the head,” Sturgeon’s report states. He also said he rammed her head into a window and did so because the woman didn’t want him driving.

Sturgeon arrested Jerry Allen, 21, of Brownwood, on an assault charge, and Judy Havens, 34, of Brownwood on a public intoxication charge, jail records state.