Melbourne home invasion: Five teenagers arrested after allegedly stealing Mercedes in early morning burglary in Brighton
- Luxury car allegedly stolen in Brighton
- The car is said to have taken a joyride through Melbourne
- Five teenagers questioned by police
Five teenagers have been arrested after allegedly breaking into a house and taking a stolen Mercedes for a joyride, sparking a wild police chase across Melbourne.
Police were called to the seaside suburb of Brighton shortly after midnight on Monday morning following reports of an aggravated burglary.
Residents of the home at the time disturbed an intruder who ran from the scene before realizing their 2015 Mercedes Tourer had been stolen.
The Air Wing was deployed to follow the luxury car spotted by patrol officers on the Nepean Highway heading into the city.
Five teenagers aged between 15 and 17 are currently being questioned by police over an aggravated burglary in Melbourne. Pictured is one of the arrested teenagers
The car reportedly reached speeds of up to 170km/h along St Kilda Road, the Southbank Monash Highway and over the Bolte Bridge.
The car then left the highway at Footscray Road and was later abandoned in Yarraville Gardens.
Five teenagers reportedly ran from the vehicle and jumped fences into yards and various properties.
The Air Wing helped local police and a Dog Squad unit track down the teenagers as part of a coordinated response.
Five teenagers allegedly took a stolen Mercedes on a joyride through Melbourne
Two young people were found on the roof of a house and two others were spotted trying to hide in a shed.
The fifth teenager was arrested in a courtyard.
Four men and a woman aged between 15 and 17 are currently assisting police with their investigations.
No charges have yet been filed.
Four boys (one pictured) and a woman aged 15 to 17 are helping police with investigations
Mark Allen, 3AW’s acting breakfast presenter, witnessed part of the police chase on his way to work.
“I saw this car coming up behind me with its hazard lights on and it goes by at full speed,” he remembers.
“As time goes by, I notice there are children inside. We are stopped at the light when a police car turns right.
“The car speeds up and 20 seconds later the police car passes me.”
He added that the Mercedes was a “beautiful” car.
Detectives are investigating whether the youths were also involved in an alleged aggravated burglary in Bentleigh shortly after the incident in Brighton.
Police say another vehicle was used and dumped after crashing into a parked car.