Teens charged over series of carjackings, robberies in Melbourne's south-east

| 10.08,18. 06:27 PM |



Teens charged over series of carjackings, robberies in Melbourne's south-east




Photo: One of the youths is led away by police from a home in Melbourne's south-east. (Supplied: Victoria Police)

Four teens have been arrested by police over a series of crimes, including carjackings, assaults and robberies, in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs, while another 10 people are being questioned.


Victoria Police said they had arrested 14 people in the last two days after executing warrants at 10 homes in a number of suburbs, including Cranbourne, Pakenham, Dandenong South and Narre Warren South.


They were part of an investigation into a series of alleged crimes that took place between July 26 and August 7, police said.


Four teens — a 17-year-old boy from Cranbourne, a 14-year-old boy from Pakenham, a 17-year-old boy from Dandenong North, and a 19-year-old man from Officer — have been charged.


The charges include armed robbery, aggravated carjacking, intentionally causing injury, theft of a motor vehicle, possessing a prohibited weapon, handling stolen goods and unlicensed driving.


The ten others are still being interviewed.


Investigators recovered two stolen vehicles and seized imitation fire arms and a military assault rifle.


The weapons were all found in the bedroom of one home.


Detective Inspector Shayne Pannell said of those arrested were known to police, and many were living at home with their parents.


"They're causing fear, unnecessary fear and weapons are being used to enhance that fear. And it's just got to stop," he said.


He said the "million dollar question" was trying to figure out what was driving these types of crime across Melbourne.


"We take them very seriously. There's nothing more frightening than what's occurred to people — having your car jacked or invaded in your home — and we put all resources … into this investigation," Detective Inspector Pannell said.


He said the group knew each other socially though things like school and sport, but were not an organised gang.


"I've been a police officer for quite some years and there has been a change in the type of offending, but also a change in our approach and tactics," he said.


"There is a level of organisation amongst groups who do these sorts of offences. The fact they commit these crimes ad-hoc but collectively, gives you that sense of organisation.


"They're a collective group of individuals who know each other. The older ones are not necessarily controlling the younger ones. It's still a matter for investigation."


Detective Inspector Pannell said he expected further arrests would be made next week.


"We've seized a number of weapons today, some are imitation, some are real. One was a military-style weapon which we'll be sending to forensics for testing," he said.



abc


(Votes: 0)

Other News

Man sentenced to 24 years' jail for murdering teen found in mineshaft Sydney shooting: Police lock down part of inner-city Sydney after man found dead on street States give conditional support to National Energy Guarantee, but more talks to come ANIC Condemns The Daily Telegraph Headline Five people lose Australian citizenship over Islamic State involvement Earthquake tremors felt in WA and SA Boy charged for NSW assault on woman, 78 NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller APM is taking a new approach to youth engagement, today Homemade 'napalm' allegedly found by police at Hobart property, but no law broken Police in Wonthaggi accused of excessive force as man placed in coma after dramatic arrest Australia's population hit 25 million, newest resident likely to be young, female and Chinese Households at 'tipping point', with more Australians struggling to pay living costs Man drank up to 40 cans of alcohol before Shepparton crash that killed his son, court hears Meteor streaking across the sky over NSW, Victoria captured by dashcam man survives plunging off cliff into Blue Lake by being thrown out window Two injured after car crashes into Miranda netball court Canberra school explosion: Early evidence points to gas canister explosion Father killed baby while mother was at work, jury finds Car explosion kills 50-year-old man at Canberra primary school Woman, 86, with dementia is signed up to energy account and issued $2,500 power bill ANZ cuts variable home loan rate for new customers as competition heats up Officers injured as 'stolen Mercedes' rams into police car Coles backs down on plastic bag ban, will hand out thicker bags as customers 'need more time' Black and Gold frozen vegetables recalled over listeria fears Interest-only mortgage borrowers flock to principal and interest loan discounts M1 crash: Truck driver charged after two dead, five injured in fiery collision Unpaid domestic violence leave comes into effect across Australia Man murdered young mum in Belanglo Forest, dumped dead 2yo in suitcase Meriton fined $3 million for interfering with negative TripAdvisor reviews Flinders Street car attack: Accused driver Saeed Noori has paranoid schizophrenia, court told