Man accused in rash of burglaries pleads not guilty

SEATTLE -- A man who police say made off with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of stolen goods in dozens of burglaries across the region pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Andy Ellis is charged with eight counts of residential burglary and two counts of theft. But police say those charges don't even scratch the surface of the 100 burglaries Ellis told police he's responsible for within just the last eight months.

Ellis told police he got overconfident during his flurry of thefts, saying he broke into homes while residents were inside -- and sometimes even watched them while they slept.

Detectives say Ellis' thefts included guns, guitars, jewelry and drugs from homes across the Puget Sound region, including Tacoma, Tukwila, Newcastle, Redmond, Gig Harbor, Issaquah and Bellevue, to name a few.

But Ellis got increasingly brazen, telling police say he told a friend he got a "big hit" of 100 grams of gold from a burglary he did that morning. But he told officers he "got lazy" and stopped wearing gloves.

An alleged accomplice, Paul Valencia also pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Both Ellis and Valencia will be back in court later this month.