Keis Avenue B&E suspect didn’t show for court

Local resident facing stolen goods possession, breach of undertaking and firearms charges

Quesnel resident Earl Edward Roper, who was not in custody, was supposed to appear in Quesnel provincial court on April 10 to deal with an arraignment before an adjudicator regarding possession of stolen goods and firearms charges.

He did not show up for court.

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 a 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.

Roper’s next court date is scheduled for April 17, when an application for a warrant will be placed on 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 say they saw stolen property in plain view.

The officers 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.

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