Police, SWAT raid alleged chop shop

Police descended on an Excelsior home Tuesday morning for a suspected operation that allegedly processed stolen cars.

Edward Munoz, 49, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a stolen vehicle and operating a “chop shop,” according to police spokesman Sgt. Steve Mannina. SWAT teams entered 805 Vienna St. at about 7 a.m. and served a search warrant.

At least five people were detained in the bust, and all but Munoz were released after questioning. A 13-year-old was taken to a nearby relative’s house and left in their custody, Mannina said. At least two vehicles were towed from the home, which is located at the intersection of Athens and Persia streets.

The home is a block away from the School of Epiphany elementary school, where students had just started to arrive. Nobody was hurt in the raid, but the Fire Department was called to the scene to put out a mattress fire inside the residence.

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