Police across Melbourne worked together tonight to apprehend five offenders following an aggravated burglary at a residential address in Cranbourne East, Victoria Police say.
It will be alleged the five males broke into the home about 1.20am before stealing a BMW and a Volkswagen.
The occupants were home at the time and were not physically injured in the incident.
Police responded quickly, the two vehicles were tracked, and it was the K9 unit that moved in to arrest the first unit on the Monash near Richmond.
There, the Volkswagen was stopped and two males were arrested.
Following that arrest, police tracked the second car, the BMW, to an area in Reservoir.
At about 3am the K9 units moved in and Greig Street became a hive of activity. The three outstanding offenders were arrested. They had abandoned the stolen car and jumped through several backyards.
All up, five K9 units were responsible for the five arrests – extra Schmackos will be required for brekky tomorrow.
During the course of the arrest in Reservoir, a police vehicle was rammed – the officers were not injured.
Two 14-year-olds and one 16-year-old from Tarneit, one 15-year-old from Reservoir and one 17-year-old from Seabrook remain in custody and have a long morning ahead of them.
Victoria Police has escalated its response to aggravated burglaries and carjackings across the state. At the start of May we rolled out Operation Cosmas – drawing together investigators under the umbrella of Crime Command.
These investigators within each region were allocated additional resources to the operation which aims to prevent, deter and investigate aggravated burglaries and carjackings.
Day and night patrols are being conducted at high risk locations to prevent offences taking place.
Since the operation commenced there have been over 175 arrests