A Helena man is accused of stealing a vehicle and painting it. 

Ronnie Joseph Valverde, 30, is being charged with motor vehicle theft and tampering with evidence.

A deputy responded to a report of a stolen silver 2004 Pontiac Grand Am on Jan. 26, and the caller said Valverde was the thief.

On Jan. 29, deputies found Valverde sleeping inside the stolen vehicle in a garage they were searching. 

One-third of the car had been spray painted black, according to court documents. Valverde was arrested and his bail was set at $10,000.