SHERIDAN TWP. — The Mason County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 39-year-old Fountain man on a count of home invasion second degree Saturday afternoon, according to a press release from Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole.

Jason Timothy Varnes, 39, 1719 Maggie Road, Fountain, was arraigned Monday by Magistrate Glenn Jackson III in 79th District Court on a felony count of home invasion second degree and a misdemeanor count of larceny of $200 or more but less than $1,000.

Deputies responded to a reported breaking-and-entering in-progress at 3:35 p.m. Saturday in the 2500 block of N. Larson Road in Sheridan Township. The homeowner arrived home to find a suspicious vehicle in his yard and the residence front door standing open, according to the release. The homeowner allegedly found Varnes inside the home, and the homeowner confronted him. Varnes then allegedly fled the scene in a vehicle.

Based on the information provided, including the suspect vehicle description, a “be on the lookout” was broadcast as deputies were responding. A conservation officer with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources patrolling the area spotted Varnes’ vehicle and detained the him until deputies could arrive.

Several items were recovered from Varnes and his vehicle that were allegedly stolen from the victim’s home.

Jackson set bond at $50,000 cash/surety. A probable cause hearing was scheduled for Jan. 20.

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