5 Arrested after allegedly stealing cars from Melbourne home while family slept inside

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A Melbourne couple with two young sons had to lock themselves in a bedroom for safety after a gang of youths broke in and stole money and two family cars.

The five teens allegedly broke into the Cranbourne home about 1.20am this morning through a bathroom window, between the bedrooms of Tenielle and Nathan Ibbotson’s young sons.

The teens took two sets of car keys – to the family’s BMW and Volkswagen – while the couple slept, which Ms Ibbotson said was the most disturbing part.

“Our first priority was to get the kids and so we just went to our bedroom and hid in there and locked the door,” Ms Ibbotson said.

“Knowing that they obviously looked at us while we were asleep, and that they were brazen enough to come in our bedroom and not even care if we woke up is really scary.”

The dog squad located two of the alleged offenders in the stolen Volkswagen on the Monash Freeway near Richmond, where they were arrested.

The three other offenders in the BMW dumped it in Reservoir before fleeing through several backyards.

They were then chased by the dog squad and arrested.

Two 14-year-old boys and one 16-year-old boy from Tarneit, along with 15-year-old boy from Reservoir and a 17-year-old boy from Seabrook, are currently in police custody.

Victoria Police established Operation Cosmas in May in response to a spike in aggravated burglaries and carjackings across the state. There have been more than 175 arrests since the operation began.

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