Sask. Farmer Charged With Equipment Thefts Worth More Than $1.2 Million

A farmer from the Donavon District of Saskatchewan is facing 29 charges after RCMP allege he stole farm equipment worth more than $1.2 million. Here’s the news release, as issued by Saskatchewan RCMP on Friday afternoon:

With the assistance of Warman RCMP and the Saskatoon Police Service Stolen Auto Unit, the Saskatoon RCMP General Investigation Section executed a Search Warrant on a rural property located in the RM of Montrose, Donovan District, on February 11, 2016. The search resulted in the recovery of farm machinery and implements stolen from citizens and dealerships in the Saskatoon, Biggar, Outlook and Rosetown areas. Iain Stables, 38 years old, of the Donovan District has been charged and will be making his first court appearance in Saskatoon Provincial Court on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at 2:00 PM.

A total of 29 Criminal Code charges were laid in this matter:

  • 16 counts of Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000.00 Sec. 354(1)(a) C.C.
  • 7 counts of Theft Over $5000.00 Sec. 334(a) C.C.
  • 5 counts of Theft of Motor Vehicle Sec. 333.1(1) C.C.
  • 1 count of Break, Enter and Theft Sec. 348(1)(a) C.C.

The value of the property recovered is estimated to be in excess of $1.2 Million dollars, which includes (5) John Deere Farm Tractors, (2) John Deere Hay Balers, (2) John Deere Gator side by sides, (2) Dodge Trucks, (1) Cattle Hauler, (1) Car Hauler, (1) Haybuster, (1) Mower, and (1) Tiller.

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