Penticton RCMP search leads to discovery of stolen property, drugs and guns

Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said Mounties responded to a break and enter at a residence on June 13.

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Two Penticton residents are facing a number of charges following RCMP search warrants that led to the discovery of stolen property, drugs and guns.

Cpl. Don Wrigglesworth said Mounties responded to a break and enter at a residence on June 13 and the officer was able to quickly disseminate the suspects descriptions provided by the home owners security camera. Members of the Targeted Enforcement Unit were able to identify three of the alleged suspects.

Within hours, Mika Grgich, 30, and Aaron Ceretti, 29, were arrested. RCMP said both are residents of Penticton and known to police.

Wrigglesworth said police are still actively looking for the third suspect, a 34-year-old Penticton man. Wrigglesworth added that during the course of the investigation TEU executed two search warrants and seized a number of stolen items associated to three different break ins along with two shot guns, ammunition and some drugs. Both accused’s have been remanded in custody.

“Timely communication on the part of the officer involved greatly contributed to the success of this investigation.” said Const. Kyle Richmond of the Targeted Enforcement Team, “It allowed us to quickly get these people into custody and recover the victims property.”

Grgich and Ceretti remain in custody and next appear on June 22 and June 23 in Penticton Provincial court.

Grgich faces 13 counts including: break and enter, three counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of a controlled substance, two counts of possessing a firearm contrary to an order, two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm and two charges of careless storage of a firearm.

Ceretti faces 12 counts including: break and enter, two counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000, possession of stolen property over $5000, two counts of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine and heroin), two counts of possessing a firearm contrary to an order, two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm and two counts of careless storage of a firearm.