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Three arrested for theft of swords; snowy footprints lead police to stolen goods

Apr 9, 2013 - Staff

Three Riverton men were arrested just after midnight Tuesday morning after they reportedly stole several swords from an acquaintance Monday night.

Charges included larceny and possession of stolen property as well as possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

Riverton Police Department officials said Mark Larvie, 21, David Lain, 22, and Zachary Bellinger, 22, were at their acquaintance's home on Monday evening when the resident reportedly left them alone in the house.

"At some point the owner of the house said, 'Just wait here, I have to go to the back of the house for a minute to get something,'" RPD Capt. Eric Murphy said Tuesday. "As soon as he leaves the room, these guys steal four or five swords and other things and go taking off out the front door."

He said the weapons were three to five feet long, describing one as a Samurai sword.

When officers arrived at the scene in the 800 block of East Lincoln Avenue, Murphy said they set out to look for the suspects, taking advantage of the snow that fell on Monday.

"We followed the footprints in the snow right to their house," Murphy said. "The officers arrived just as these guys were digging through their newly acquired stolen property."

Further investigation reportedly revealed marijuana, drug paraphernalia and packaging materials in the house, which led to the drug-related arrests. Murphy said Larvie and Bellinger also were charged with resisting arrest when they attempted to hide from police.

"(They) ran through the house and hid in a crawl space," Murphy said. "We found them under there."

In the end, Larvie was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, bond revocation, resisting arrest, possession of stolen property and larceny; Lain was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, larceny and possession of stolen property; and Bellinger was arrested for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of stolen property, larceny and resisting arrest.

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