April 3, 2013 at 10:52 AM
Police: Burglary suspect watched victims sleep
Police in Bellevue and Tacoma are still sifting through stolen property recovered last week in the arrest of a Tacoma man believed responsible for more than 100 burglaries in King and Pierce County in the past eight months.
Bellevue police say Andy Max Ellis, 28, was so brazen he bragged to acquaintances about his crimes, even telling them he entered occupied homes at night and watched the occupants sleep.
Ellis, arrested on a warrant stemming from a Gig Harbor burglary, was taken into custody with two other men after a traffic stop in Tacoma last Thursday.
A search of his apartment, police said, netted seven guns, numerous guitars and other musical instruments, along with burglary tools, jewelry, 59 grams of methamphetamine and 4.5 pounds of marijuana.
Ellis has been charged with eight counts of residential burglary and two counts of theft of a firearm. A man arrested with him, Paul Valencia, 31, has been charged with two counts of burglary and one count of stealing a firearm.
Police say additional charges are pending.
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