The couple are arrested for allegedly squatting in a home they no longer own

By Lorenzo Benet
September 19, 2010 01:00 PM
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department

Randy Quaid and his wife Evi were arrested Saturday and charged with felony residential burglary after the new owner of a home in Montecito that the Quaids once owned discovered the couple squatting in a guest house on the property.

Santa Barbara Sheriff’s deputies were called to the scene Saturday afternoon after being alerted by a representative of the property’s owner that someone was living there without permission.

When deputies initially arrived, no one was home. But during a second visit that evening, they found Randy and Evi Quaid, who told authorities they had owned the property since the 1990s, according to the Sheriff’s Department Web site.

However, the owner’s rep produced documents showing that his client had purchased the property in 2007 from a man who in turn had bought it from the Quaids years earlier. At that point, the actor and his wife were arrested.

A contractor who had worked on the property showed deputies that that more than $5,000 in damages – believed to have been caused by the Quaids – had occurred in the guesthouse.

Deputies handcuffed Randy Quaid, 59, without incident but his wife, 47, physically resisted and was also charged with misdemeanor resisting arrest.

The couple were booked into Santa Barbara County jail and face charges of felony residential burglary and misdemeanor entering a non-commercial building without consent. Bail was set at $50,000 each.

The couple have a long history of coming up against the law. In April of this year, they reached a plea deal in a lengthy, twisted case that started with their owing a $10,000 hotel bill and resulted in their serving jail time.

At the time that case finally ended, Randy Quaid was quoted as saying he’d learned that “you pay your bills when you leave, and I suppose that’s something we can work on in the future.”

Robert Sanger, an attorney who represented the Quaids in their hotel case, told PEOPLE in an e-mail: “This was a civil matter being handled by Mr. and Ms. Quaid’s civil lawyers in Los Angeles. The Santa Barbara Sheriff has now become involved. My policy is not to comment on pending cases. We will address the issues in court if a case is filed.”