Victoria Police have vowed to continue their crackdown on high-harm crimes after a spate of aggravated burglaries in Melbourne’s southeast. This follows the arrest yesterday of two teens over an aggravated home invasion in Cranbourne North.
Detectives from the Southern Metro Crime Team said an 18-year-old from Doveton and a 17-year-old from Clyde North allegedly entered a Malmsbury Drive property about 10.10am, where one of the teens threatened a woman and her two children with a knife before stealing her black Holden Commodore wagon. The vehicle later struck an unmarked police car on the Princes Freeway, injuring a senior constable who was taken to hospital for treatment.
A short time later, the pair were arrested at a shopping centre in Berwick after the stolen vehicle allegedly struck several other vehicles. The 18-year-old was bitten on the arm by a police dog and taken to hospital for treatment, where he remains under police guard. The 17-year-old was tasered before being arrested and charged with multiple offences relating to the home invasion and aggravated burglaries in Pakenham and Rowville.
Meanwhile, two other teens were arrested and charged after they were found in a vehicle that had been allegedly stolen in Hallam on Wednesday. Police said the pair forced their way into a Gillian Place home just after 3.30am and threatened the residents with a knife before demanding the keys to black Toyota Aurion. The vehicle was seen by police in Station St, Cranbourne, about 4pm yesterday, and an acting sergeant was struck while attempting to stop it, sustaining a broken vertebrae. The officer is recovering at home.
A 16-year-old girl from Cranbourne was cautioned for theft of a motor vehicle, while a 16-year-old Hallam boy has been charged with multiple offences including reckless conduct endangering life and intentionally causing serious injury, as well as offences related to an aggravated burglary in Rowville on Wednesday. He has been remanded to appear at a children’s court at a later date.
Southern Metro Crime Team detective Senior Sergeant David Cox said: “Our message to those committing these offences is very clear: police will continue to investigate these incidents to ensure you do not continue to inflict harm on the Victorian community.”
Investigations are ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au