Five people were arrested after they were found squatting inside a home on Second Street East in Revelstoke on Friday.
Revelstoke RCMP say they received a report from the neighbour that the home had unauthorized people inside on Friday, Aug. 5.
“Police were able to confirm that the owner was out of the province and had not permitted anyone to be inside,” said Staff-Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky in a news release.
Police went to the house and found five people and two dogs living inside. Three adult male, one adult female and one male youth, all from Quebec, were arrested and charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with being in a unlawfully in a dwelling.
Graibinsky said they were unsure of how the people entered the home and if it was left locked or unlocked. He said they were there for several days and did a great deal of damage to the home.
“The police wish to remind all people in Revelstoke to secure their homes, arrange to have a responsible person check on vacant homes frequently, and that anyone is encouraged to report any suspicious occurrences to the police,” wrote Grabinsky.
The accused were released on a promise to appear in Revelstoke court on Oct. 5, 2016.