Car thefts: teens charged

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SIX youths aged 15-17 have been charged with theft of motor cars, aggravated burglary and evading police after allegedly stealing three high-end cars, including a $252,000 Aston Martin, from Red Hill.

The Aston Martin and a Range Rover were taken from a Callinans Rd property, and a Range Rover Discovery from Mornington, early on Saturday 1 July.

Detective Senior Constable Andrew Hodson, of Mornington Peninsula CIU, said the youths, of Frankston, Shoreham and Cranbourne, caught a bus from Frankston to Mornington and drove the Discovery to Red Hill, where they dumped it about 1.50am.

Once there they allegedly entered a house in Callinans Rd and stole keys to the Aston Martin and two Range Rovers. The owner’s son awoke when the cars were started but was unable to stop the youths who drove away in two of them.

Police chased the youths near Safety Beach. After receiving tip offs they found the Range Rover dumped at Moorooduc and the Aston Martin at Mornington. Both were undamaged.

Five youths were arrested at Baxter and one at Mornington. They have been bailed to appear at a children’s court at a later date.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 11 July 2017

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