Man found in stolen car with stolen pistol

WACO, Texas - Waco Police have arrested a man after he was found in a stolen car with a stolen pistol.

The department received a report on June 14 about a woman who left her 2002 Buick Century at a local mechanic.

When her car service was finished, the mechanic returned her car to her on the corner of 26th Street and Austin Avenue. The mechanic left the keys on top of the vehicle and left the area. An unknown person grabbed the keys and stole the woman's vehicle.

Officers spotted the vehicle inside the 2500 block of La Salle Avenue on June 19 and performed a traffic stop. The driver, identified as 35-year-old Francisco Sanchez Leal, was arrested and the vehicle was impounded. During the impound process, officers located a stolen pistol inside the car.

Leal is a known felon who is now charged with Unauthorized Use of Vehicle and Unlawful Possession of Firearm.

Sources: Waco Police Department, McLennan County Jail

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