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A suspected crook fell asleep behind the wheel of a stolen car. He woke up to Pasco police

Pasco police found a stolen gun inside of a car that was taken from Toppenish and found on Douglas Avenue.
Pasco police found a stolen gun inside of a car that was taken from Toppenish and found on Douglas Avenue. Pasco Police Department

A suspected crook made it easy for Pasco police after falling asleep behind the wheel of a stolen car.

A person living near the 100 block of North Douglas Avenue called police after he noticed an unfamiliar Mustang parked on his street at 2:40 a.m. Tuesday, Pasco police said on Facebook.

When Officer Matt Griffin arrived, he found the car was reported stolen from Toppenish.

The driver, Wilbert Sanchez, 27, was taking a nap with his seat belt still on. As officers were arresting Sanchez, they noticed a pistol case among the other items inside the car.

Police got a search warrant and learned the pistol had been reported stolen from Yakima.

Sanchez was booked into the Franklin County jail on investigation of possessing a stolen car.

Anyone with information is asked to call dispatchers at 509-628-0333 or email Griffin at griffin@pasco-wa.gov. People should reference PP19-25033.

Cameron Probert covers breaking news and education for the Tri-City Herald, where he tries to answer readers’ questions about why police officers and firefighters are in your neighborhood. He studied communications at Washington State University.
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