Earl Edward Roper showed up for Quesnel provincial court on April 17

Earl Edward Roper showed up for Quesnel provincial court on April 17

Local man to plead guilty to stolen goods possession, breach of undertaking, firearms charges

Earl Edward Roper appeared in Quesnel provincial on April 17 to face several charges connected to an RCMP bust at a home on Blackwater Road on Jan. 3.

The Quesnel resident was supposed to appear in Quesnel court on April 10 to deal with an arraignment before an adjudicator regarding possession stolen goods and firearms charges.

He did not show up for court.

Roper’s next court date was scheduled for April 17, when an application for a warrant was going to be considered on all charges.

Roper is facing two charges of possession of stolen property worth less than $5,000, one charge of possession of stolen property worth more than $5,000, and charge of breach of an undertaking.

His firearms charges are: possessing a firearm without a licence and/or registration; possessing a firearm without licence or registration; careless use or storage of a firearm; and storage of a firearm contrary to regulation.

His next appearance is scheduled June 20, when Roper intends to enter a guilty plea to all charges.

Circumstances

After a break-and-enter and theft at a business on Keis Avenue in Quesnel on Jan. 1, 2018, the business owner gave police a tip on Jan. 3, reporting he had information as to where his stolen electronic device may be located.

A press release from the Quesnel RCMP states members of the Quesnel RCMP General Duty and Crime Reduction units went to a residence in the 1700 block of Blackwater Road to follow up on the tip.

They found a stolen trailer parked at the home when they arrived.

Upon entering the house, the officers stated they saw stolen property in plain view.

The RCMP members subsequently arrested some occupants of the home for possession of stolen property.

Once a search warrant was obtained, police say they searched the property, where they seized the electronic device belonging to the business owner from Keis Avenue, as well as several firearms and other stolen property.