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Cops nab 3 in coordinated raids

Update 3:10 p.m. - Canem Auto Sales and Service on McCurdy Place is back open for business. Company sales manager, Brian Matassa, confirmed the business re-opened about 1:30 Wednesday afternoon after RCMP completed a search un-related to the business.

According to Matassa the RCMP were investigating an employee who has not been with the company very long. He says the warrant was for that employee and his personal belongings.

"It's got nothing to do with Canem or how we do business or investigating Canem Auto," says Matassa.

Update 2:45 p.m. - Three people are in custody after police coordinated the nearly simultaneous execution of multiple search warrants earlier this morning.
Kelowna RCMP searched a used auto sales business on the 800 block of McCurdy Place and four separate Kelowna residences Wednesday as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Several people were taken into police custody as a result of the search warrants, three of whom have been held for further investigation.
No further details regarding the investigation or the results of the searches can be released at this time.
The investigation is ongoing and no charges have yet been laid.
A 24-year-old Kelowna man, 26-year-old Kelowna man and a 30-year-old Kelowna man all face various possible criminal charges and are expected to be released on Promises to Appear for Court in June.

Original story 1:45 p.m. Wednesday - Canem Auto, a Kelowna car lot on McCurdy Place specializing in high-end vehicles, is behind police tape.

While details are sketchy Kelowna RCMP confirm a search warrant has been executed.

"Not much I can say at this point," said Cst. Kris Clark.

"We have executed a search warrant at the business and a 30-year-old Kelowna man has been taken into custody pursuant to a criminal investigation.  No further details will be provided at this time. A release will be issued later when that information can be released."

Plainclothes RCMP officers have been at the business since Wednesday morning.

Details to come.



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