Rancher faces theft, possession charges in connection with disappearing machinery

A Saskatchewan rancher faces criminal charges after police discovered more than a dozen pieces of farm machinery that had disappeared from rural residences and farm machinery dealerships in the Saskatoon, Biggar, Outlook and Rosetown areas.

Police say Iain Stables, 38, from the Donovan, Sask., area has been charged with 29 offences including 16 counts of possession of stolen property over $5,000, seven counts of theft over $5,000, five counts of theft of a motor vehicle and one count of break, enter and theft.

The charges were laid after police recovered 16 machines worth more than $1.2 million, including five John Deere tractors, two balers, two John Deere Gators, two Dodge trucks, trailers, a mower and various other items.

Stables is due to appear in Saskatoon Provincial Court on April 14.

Donovan is located about one hour southwest of Saskatoon.

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