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Residents kept out of homes during SWAT incident in Palm Beach Gardens

Police issued arrest warrant, made arrest in relation to multiple stolen vehicles
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Posted at 10:26 PM, Jan 31, 2023

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Several Palm Beach Gardens police officers, including members of a SWAT team, were at an apartment complex for several hours Tuesday night in issuing a search warrant and later arrest in relation to multiple stolen vehicles.

Early Tuesday night, officers arrived at the San Merano apartment complex at Mirasol off Portofino Drive.

By 10 p.m., most of the scene had cleared.

In an image submitted to WPTV by a viewer, an officer had a rifle drawn.

Witnesses told WPTV's Kamrel Eppinger police were issuing an arrest warrant, instructing someone to come outside and surrender.

"There were guys with snipers, there was drones flying overhead and I think they finally put it away now, but it was just a lot of commotion," Alejandra McRostie said. "This whole area was blocked. They just didn't want anyone to come in. It's kind of scary coming home, just wanting to relax and you can't even go to your own apartment."

Palm Beach Gardens police initially didn't explain the large police presence but Maj. Robert Watson on Wednesday said it was an isolated situation involving the search warrant with no threat to the public.