Teen charged with 15 crimes after Bonney Lake arrest

Tyler Townsend told stories about stealing guns and cars and running from police.

The officers listening after his June 29 arrest checked his tales against their database and were able to connect Townsend to 15 crimes from February to June.

Now, the 19-year-old is jailed on $100,000 bail after pleading not guilty Tuesday to first-degree burglary, theft of a firearm, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen vehicle, eight counts of theft of a motor vehicle and three counts of eluding police.

Townsend told Bonney Lake police he committed the crimes to support his methamphetamine addiction, records show.

He volunteered information about a burglary during which nine guns and 300 rounds of ammunition were stolen, nine cars he stole and eluding police on three occasions.

One of the pursuits was on an ATV; another was a high-speed chase that ended in a crash after Townsend allegedly stole a car parked outside of a home while the owner was inside.

When police asked about an incident in which someone eluded Puyallup police, “the defendant appeared to be very proud of himself and laughed with police about the incident,” according to charging papers.

Townsend has unrelated felony convictions for residential burglary, unlawful delivery of a controlled substance and second-degree burglary.