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Suspect arrested after residents tackled him

Dec 6, 2013 - By Eric Blom, Staff Writer

A Riverton man faces one count of burglary after two men apprehended him while he was breaking into their home Nov. 10. The charge against David Varney, 37, recently was bound over to District Court.

The burglary charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The home's resident, Jeffrey Cooper, said that on the morning of the alleged burglary, he heard a window opening and saw a flashlight being used in a bedroom of his home on the 2300 block of Sapphire Drive in Riverton, according to an affidavit in the case.

He woke up Jonathan Brines, who was at the residence, and the two started toward the bedroom.

The room's door started to open when Cooper fired a 9mm round at it. The bullet reportedly missed hitting the man in the bedroom, who was later identified as Varney.

Cooper and Brines told police that Varney was wearing a black mask, and they removed it before officers arrived.

Riverton Police Department officers responded to a 911 call and arrived at the scene at 1:30 a.m. Nov. 10.

When he entered the home's master bedroom, officer Ron Cunningham said he found Brines and Cooper holding down Varney.

Officers searched the area and found a duffel bag and backpack at the bottom of a ladder they think Varney used to enter the home. The duffel bag was empty, but the backpack contained duct tape, electrical tape, wire cutters and a spray police could not identify.

According to the report, Varney possessed binoculars and was wearing black cotton gloves over black latex gloves.

When police noticed his gloves, Varney reportedly said, "I've probably watched too much CSI."

During an interview with RPD Det. Jason Cox on Nov. 10, Varney said he entered the home without permission and did so because he was "messing" with a female occupant of the residence.

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