Provincial police raided two properties June 27, in connection to an investigation of an incident involving a pipe bomb June 9 in Warkworth.
On June 9, the Northumberland Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) began an investigation into an explosion that occurred at a Warkworth business on Banta Road. Investigators determined that a pipe bomb had been detonated inside an unoccupied vehicle on the property at approximately 1 p.m. No-one was injured.
On June 27, search warrants were executed on two properties: a home in Bowmanville and a vacant lot in Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Township. A male was arrested at the Peterborough County property. The search involved members of the Northumberland County Crime Unit were assisted by the Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), the Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit (PWEU), the Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU), Urban Search and Rescue – Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Team (UCRT) and the Peterborough County OPP Crime Unit.
Investigators seized several pipe bombs, handguns and long guns with ammunition, a quantity of black gun powder, electronic devices and $60,000 in stolen property.
Daniel Joseph Castellano, 38, of Bowmanville is charged with the following offences:
Explosives – Making or Possessing for Unlawful Purpose (12 counts)
- With Intent to Destroy or Damage Property, Place or Throw an Explosive Substance
- Breach of Firearms Regulation – Store Firearm or Restricted Weapon (4 counts)
- Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose (2 counts)
- Mischief Under $5,000
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – Over $5,000 (2 counts)
- Possession of Break In Instruments
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime – Under $5,000
- Possession of a Schedule II Substance – Cannabis Marihuana – over 30g
Castellano is scheduled in court in Cobourg July 19.
Northumberland County OPP is asking for the public’s assistance with this ongoing investigation and would ask that anyone with information on this crime call the Cobourg OPP detachment at 905-372-5421 or toll free 1-888-310-1122.
Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call the Peterborough/Northumberland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 and not have to appear in court.