Man jailed for possession of stolen property

A Red Deer man who turned himself in after RCMP found stolen property at his home has been sentenced to four months in jail.

A Red Deer man who turned himself in after RCMP found stolen property at his home has been sentenced to four months in jail.

Curtis Troy Sear, 39, pleaded guilty in Red Deer provincial court on Monday to possession of stolen property in connection with goods reported missing from a stolen pickup truck on Aug. 7, 2012.

Additional charges were withdrawn, including possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of an illegal drug.

Crown prosecutor Jillian Brown said the investigation started when RCMP found a stolen pickup truck on a rural road outside of Blackfalds at 9 a.m.

Later in the day, the truck’s owner found items that had been in the truck being offered for sale online and went to the address to inspect them.

The man who came to the door was wearing a necklace that had been inside the truck. He also had the same tires that had been in the stolen truck.

Brown said he reported his findings to police, who then searched Sear’s home.

Sear was sentenced to four months in jail, minus the 91 days he has spent in custody since turning himself in at the Red Deer City detachment.

Judge Bert Skinner also ordered that Sear stay at least a block away from the home of the person who owns the truck for a period of one year following his release.

Sear is due back in court later this week to enter a plea on charges arising from a separate incident, as well as charges that he breached conditions of his release for 2012 incident.

In a statement released on July 26, 2013, Innisfail RCMP said a member from the detachment was on patrol near Penhold at about 6 a.m. and decided to run a check on two pickup trucks that were stopped at the side of the road.

The two men with the trucks were in the process of hooking up a trailer with a skid steer mounted on its deck.

Police allege that the trailer and skid steer had been stolen from a work site near Bowden.

Sear and Red Deer resident Shawn Davis Olsen, 38, were arrested and jointly charged with multiple offences, including possessing property obtained by crime and possession of cocaine.

Both men are to return to court on Friday to enter their pleas.

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