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Sparwood man found living in family’s cabin
 
A 44-year-old Sparwood man has been arrested and charged after he was discovered living in a family's cabin in the Sentinel area, surrounded by numerous items stolen from throughout the area.
The owners of the small cabin, from Calgary, had not been to the property since September of 2009, but returned on Sunday, May 16. According to the RCMP, the owners returned to find vehicles, furniture, food, and numerous other items in and around the cabin that had not been there when they left, and discovered a man inside the cabin.
The owners spoke with the man, who told them he was from Sparwood and gave them his name. The owners told the man he would have to leave, and took photos of licence plates on the two vehicles parked on the property, before calling the police at 3:15 p.m.
Crowsnest Pass RCMP attended the scene and arrested the male as he was driving away from the cabin. They approached the cabin and cleared the area for safety, as the owners reported that there had possibly been a second man at the cabin.
Police detected the odour of propane inside the cabin, and contacted the fire department to ensure it was safe to enter. Local firefighters found two open bottles of propane and a small fire burning in a stove, and the building was secured.
 
Police found ATVs, trailers, a camper, generators, vehicle batteries, gas tanks, propane tanks, electronics equipment, food, and furniture in the cabin that did not belong to the owners, and were not there the last time the owners were at the cabin.
The RCMP has confirmed that a number of the items on the property were stolen from the Crowsnest Pass area. As their investigation continues, the RCMP says that they will attempt to identify more owners of other potentially stolen items on the property.
Electronic devices were seized from the scene, and will be examined by the RCMP.
Randal Peter Hopley, of Sparwood, B.C., has been charged with breaking and entering commit mischief, unlawfully in a dwelling house, and two counts of possession of stolen property under $5000. The RCMP states that additional charges may be pending as the investigation proceeds.
The accused was remanded in custody on May 17, and was scheduled to appear in Lethbridge court on May 21. On a previous occasion, two years ago, the same individual was charged in B.C. with break and enter with intent, unlawful confinement, and attempted abduction of a person under 16 years old. The result of those court proceedings are sealed under a publication ban to protect the identity of any young persons involved.
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