Vancouver News

Appeal of stolen-property conviction flushed

By The Canadian Press

VANCOUVER - A B.C. man accused of pilfering a privy remains knee-deep in legal woes after the province's highest court flushed his appeal of two stolen-property convictions.

Robert Anthony Andel's troubles began to pile up when Mounties from Lumby, B.C., visited his rural property to investigate the theft of a $2,000 cedar-log outhouse.

Court documents say that while on the property, police found other stolen goods, including a truck and trailer, resulting in almost two dozen charges of possessing of stolen property.

The Crown proceeded with two charges, and Andel was found guilty of possessing the truck and trailer, convictions he appealed on constitutional grounds.

B.C. Court of Appeal Justice Harvey Groberman concluded in his ruling that police likely violated Andel's rights when they searched an area around his recreational vehicle.

But Groberman dismissed the man's appeal, saying it wasn't clear that the search was connected in any way to the evidence challenged by Andel in court.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

Community Events, July 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Jul 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.