Crime

Puyallup car vandal pleads guilty, gets four months in jail

Staff writerDecember 23, 2013 

A man arrested last month in a vandalism spree that damaged dozens of vehicles in Puyallup has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to jail.

Tyler Graham, 24, pleaded guilty as charged last week to seven counts of malicious mischief, court records show.

Graham was sentenced to four months in jail and to make restitution. 

Pierce County prosecutors contend Graham, James Reynolds, 19, and Nicole Simons, 22, used metal baseball bats to smash out windows and shatter the side-view mirrors of nearly 90 vehicles last month.

Reynolds and Simons also are charged with multiple counts of malicious mischief. They've pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.

Reynolds allegedly told police that damaging other people's property with a bat was "a good stress reliever," court records show.

Graham was accused of driving Simons, who was his girlfriend, and their housemate Reynolds to various locations where the vandalism occurred, including downtown Puyallup and in residential areas.

A number of victims wrote letters to the court.

"For us, this was an attack on our meager pocketbook," one person wrote. "The end result was these dimwits reaching into our bank account and stealing $500. We pay our bills month-to-month, so this isn't money that is just sitting around."

 

 

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