Ballarat Crime Investigation Unit detectives have charged three youths following an aggravated burglary and collision in Ballarat yesterday.
Investigators were told a red SUV and other items were allegedly stolen from a Talbot Street property about 2am.
It is believed the occupants at the house, two men and a woman, were home at the time but were unaware the burglary had occurred.
Police later sighted the SUV on Learmonth Road in Wendouree about 2.12am and arrested a 14-year-old boy while the two other offenders allegedly drove away in the stolen car.
It is alleged the SUV attempted to drive at the police vehicle while it was transporting the boy before driving away.
The SUV was later located by the victim’s son who followed and then apprehended a 16-year-old girl at the intersection of Urqhart Street and Ascot Street South before police arrived shortly after.
The male driver fled in the vehicle and crashed into a fence of a property at the nearby intersection of Dawson and Mair Street about 8.20am.
He fled on foot and was subsequently arrested by a member of the community in Lyons Street and held until police arrived a short time later.
A 14-year-old Ballarat East boy was charged with aggravated burglary, theft of motor vehicle and theft.
He was bailed to appear at a children’s court at a later date.
A 16-year-old Ballarat East girl was charged with theft of motor vehicle.
She was bailed to appear at a children’s court at a later date.
A 15-year-old Ballarat boy was charged with aggravated burglary, two counts of theft, theft of motor vehicle, two counts of intentionally expose emergency worker to risk by driving, recklessly expose emergency worker to risk by driving, conduct endangering life, careless driving and unlawful assault.
He was remanded in custody to appear at a children’s court at a later date.