Mass car theft thwarted at Waco dealership

WACO, TX -

Waco police say a plan by would-be thieves to take several cars from a local dealership may have been thwarted because they were making too much noise trying to open a safe they had also removed from the business.

Police said they got a call at 1:50 a.m. Monday of a disturbance in the parking lot of a church in the 2000 block of Burnet Avenue.

The caller said the men were " raising a ruckus" trying to break something open.

When police arrived, they noticed two men leaving in a new grey Ford Mustang with dealer tags and found the safe from Marstaller Motors left behind.

There was not pursuit of the car made at that time, but when officers went to the dealership, they found it had been broken in to and in addition to the safe, several sets of keys had been removed.

They also found that  eight new cars had been moved from the lot and parked along a side street, as if they were going to be picked up later.

In the meantime, other officers had spotted the Mustang and had attempted to stop it.

The driver fled, at one point striking two parked cars.

The car finally stopped on Bosque Boulevard in the East Brookview area with the two occupants bailing out and running away.

Officers managed to catch one, who has since been identified as 19-year-old Luis Bautista who is facing multiple charges.

Officers recovered several sets of keys from Marstaller's, but also found several sets of keys taken in the burglary of Miller Mazda that had occurred about a week ago.

Investigating officers also recovered a Kia taken from Miller Mazda that had been left near Marstallers.


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