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New Kelowna RCMP unit arrests three theft ring suspects

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December 06, 2018 - 4:18 PM

KELOWNA - A newly formed Kelowna RCMP unit is basking in some initial success.

Kelowna RCMP detachment’s Community Response Unit shut down a residence believed to have been used by prolific offenders engaged in property crime last week, according to an RCMP media release.

The unit exercised a search warrant yesterday, Dec. 5, around 7:40 p.m. at a home in the 800 block of Martin Avenue. Three individuals inside the home were taken into police custody without incident.

RCMP say a search of the residence uncovered illicit drugs and a significant amount of suspected stolen property, including high end bikes, specialized clothing, firearms and identification cards.

“Many of the items recovered have serial numbers. Our investigators are now processing the stolen property seized from this residence, in an effort to identify rightful owners and re-unite those citizens with their belongings,” Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey said in the release.

“RCMP in Kelowna will continue to monitor priority offenders as they remain focused on reducing crime in the community,” he said.

One of the suspects is a 32-year-old Kelowna man wanted on numerous outstanding warrants. He is being held in custody and now faces a number of new charges in addition to more than 13 theft and fraud related charges he already faces.

A 31-year-old Kelowna woman who had outstanding warrants was also held in custody. A 25-year-old Kelowna woman who was also arrested was later released with a court date.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the RCMP at 250-762-3300.

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