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Saskatoon court appearance for man guilty in $1.2M of farm equipment thefts

Mounties seize $1.2 million in alleged stolen goods from a rural property in the Donovan, Sask. area.
Iain Stables back in court on Nov. 20 after pleading guilty in August to stealing over $1.2 million in farm equipment and implements. Supplied / Saskatchewan RCMP

A Saskatchewan rancher charged with stealing more than $1.2 million in farm equipment and implements made a brief court appearance in Saskatoon on Monday.

Iain Stables appeared briefly in mental health court.

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Stables pleaded guilty in August to 17 of the 29 charges laid against him in 2016.

The charges were laid after a search by RCMP of his Donovan-area farm, where police recovered machinery, including tractors, balers and trucks, from other farmers and four dealerships.

Stables is proceeding through a mental health strategy docket with the consent of the Crown.

The court is designated with helping accused people who are experiencing mental health difficulties.

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Stables will be back in court on Nov. 20 after two reports were requested during his appearance on Monday.