Large police presence at one Keremeos property related to theft, firearms

Police swarm property

UPDATE: 2:40 p.m.

The major police incident in Keremeos began at 5:27 a.m. this morning, Castanet has learned.

RCMP senior media relations officer S/Sgt. Kris Clark tells Castanet police attended after a residential alarm went off.

Police confirmed a break-and-enter in progress and were alerted that firearms were present.

"First responders set up containment of the home and, out of an abundance of caution, requested the BC RCMP Southeast District Emergency Response Team," Clark said in an email Friday afternoon.

UPDATE: 1 p.m.

There is major police presence at a Keremeos property, likely the convoy of Emergency Response Team RCMP units that screamed down Highway 97 through Penticton earlier Friday afternoon.

Drone footage from above the property in the 100 block of 9th Avenue in Keremeos shows more than a dozen unmarked and marked police vehicles, some extremely heavy-duty.

Nearby residents allege to Castanet that it is a property with a reputation for trouble in the community.

More to come.

ORIGINAL: 12: p.m.

The RCMP's tactical Emergency Response Team has been seen speeding through the Central Okanagan heading toward Penticton.

Witnesses say as many as 11 vehicles with lights and sirens blaring were seen moving south on Highway 97 entering Penticton.

RCMP senior media relations officer S/Sgt. Kris Clark tells Castanet News RCMP have set up containment with regards to a residence believed to be involved in the theft of firearms.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the Southeast District Emergency Response Team has been called in.," says Clark.

He was unable to indicate which community the team was heading to.

Clark says the incident is not related to one in Glenrosa where police appeared to be pursuing a white pickup truck.

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