Teens charged after evading police in Melbourne’s south-east

As part of Operation Trinity, detectives from Mill Park Embona Taskforce have arrested five teens after evading police throughout Melbourne’s south-east this morning.

Police were alerted to an allegedly stolen white Mercedes driving on Springvale Road in Glen Waverley about 3.19am.

Trinity units attended and patrolled the area for the vehicle.

It is alleged the Mercedes was spotted by police in Doncaster where stop sticks were deployed about 3.42am.

With the assistance of Air Wing, officers followed the vehicle to Dandenong, where the vehicle came to a stop and the occupants fled to a residential property on Benga Avenue about 4.00am.

Three 16-year-old Dandenong boys, a 14-year-old Doveton boy and an 18-year-old Collingwood teen were arrested shortly after.

It is alleged that the vehicle was stolen from an address in Croydon Hills on Wednesday 24 April.

The boys were charged with theft of motor vehicle and deal property suspected to be proceeds of crime and will appear at a children’s court at a later date.

The 18-year-old was released pending further enquiries and is expected to be charged at a later date.

Operation Trinity, which runs every single night until dawn is Victoria Police’s most well-resourced frontline policing operation at present.

There are 70 additional police rostered each night, on top of existing patrols.

This includes frontline officers, Highway Patrol members, the Dog Squad, Public Order Response Team, and Air Wing.

As a result of this intense focus, police have made over 1,400 arrests relating to burglaries and car thefts – with the overwhelming majority of these offenders’ children. A further 2300 night shift arrests have also been made for other criminal offending due to the strong police presence as part of Operation Trinity.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, has dashcam/CCTV footage or information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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