Five boys ranging in age from 14 to 17 have been arrested after a series of aggravated home invasions and car thefts across Melbourne’s south over the past week. The incidents include:
- The theft of an Audi sedan from a property in Yarram Court, Frankston, about 1am on Wednesday, February 24;
- The armed robbery of a taxi driver at Ashleigh Ave, Frankston, about 9pm on Saturday, February 27;
- The theft of a Holden Commodore from Mallum Ave, Frankston, about 10pm on Saturday, February 27, during which a boy who was allegedly driving the stolen car rammed the victim who was following in another car;
- An aggravated home invasion at Alcon Court, Langwarrin, about 12.05am on Sunday, February 28, during which three males allegedly stole a Hyundai Highlander;
- An aggravated burglary at Strzelecki Court, Cranbourne, about 2.30am on Sunday, February 28; and,
- An aggravated home invasion at Kirby Court, Frankston, last night during which three males allegedly armed with knives stole a Jeep Cherokee and a BMW X5.
Detectives from the Frankston Crime Investigation Unit have since recovered all five vehicles and arrested five boys in relation to the incidents.
A 15-year-old from Frankston has been charged with two counts of handling stolen goods, two counts of assaulting police, two counts of resisting police, knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime, acting in a manner prejudicial to the good order of a police jail, and dealing property that is suspected to be the proceeds of crime. He was bailed to appear before a children’s court.
A 14-year-old from Cranbourne North has been charged with armed robbery, assault with a weapon, use of a controlled weapon, attempted theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, home invasion, aggravated burglary and criminal damage. He was remanded to appear before court.
A 17-year-old Cranbourne North boy and two Frankston boys aged 17 and 16 remain in custody while they’re being questioned by detectives. Police are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incidents.