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A long shot: Stolen gun returned after 36 years

Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23rd, 2014

Watsonville Police Chief Manny Solano presents former Watsonville Police reserve Joe Myers with a .357 Smith & Wesson revolver Wednesday. The gun was stolen from Myers 36 years ago in Watsonville and recovered in Manteca. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — City resident Joe Myers was a full-time reserve officer with the Watsonville Police Department 36 years ago, when someone broke into the East Lake Avenue house where he still lives and filled a pillowcase with his wife’s jewelry and his new Smith & Wesson .357 revolver.

Using his detective skills, Myers tracked all the jewelry to a Sacramento pawn shop.

But the gun, which he had been purchased at Markley’s Indoor Range & Gun Shop just two weeks before it was stolen, was never found.

For the complete article see the 04-24-2014 issue.

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