A man who stole more than $1.2 million worth of farm equipment will be spending a lot of time at home.
Farmer Iain Stables, from the Donavon area, was sentenced Friday to two years of house arrest, along with three years’ probation.
The 38-year-old pleaded guilty to stealing the equipment from dealerships in Outlook, Biggar and Rosetown by simply driving it all off lots without paying.
Stable’s haul included combines, tractors and gators. RCMP recovered the stolen property in the RM of Montrose in February.
Court previously heard there were mental health issues related to the thefts, which took place mostly from a Servus Equipment dealership.
Stable’s defence lawyer, Brad Mitchell, spoke to media outside court Friday and said the farmer also ended up selling some of the stolen equipment to neighbours.
“I’m very happy with the result and I believe Mr. Stables is as well,” Mitchell said.
Stables is also ordered to pay more than $100, 000 in restitution.
– With files from 650 CKOM’s Chris Vandenbreekel.