The case of the purloined barbecue pit has come to an end.
Waco police said Sunday the 16-foot-long pit was found in a back alley after being stolen along with its trailer earlier in the week from a nonprofit group. The pit, valued at $7,500, was being offered by the Brazos Education Foundation as the grand prize of a scholarship raffle.
Police say thieves stripped it of the rims, cutting boards and meat racks.
The pit and trailer were taken from a carport behind the foundation's building after a padlock was cut.
The foundation awards scholarships to students in McLennan County, which includes Waco and West, the town recovering from an April fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15.