Apex taskforce charges teen over car thefts

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The police taskforce investigating the Apex gang has charged four teenagers over a spate of aggravated burglaries and motor vehicle thefts of in Melbourne’s south-east.  Two male and two female teenagers were arrested at a Dandenong motel, where investigators from southern metropolitan regional crime team also found an allegedly stolen SUV, which they believe is linked to an aggravated burglary in Cranbourne.

Victoria Police would not confirm whether the teenagers were members of the Apex gang.

A 13-year-old girl from Hallam was charged over the theft of six cars, including a Mercedes, computer equipment, cash, credit cards and a scooter from Officer, Hallam, Narre Warren, Dandenong, Mulgrave, Pakenham and Cranbourne, from June 1 to to June 6.

The girl, who was also charged in relation to an aggravated burglary in Pakenham, was remanded to appear at a children’s court at a later date.

A 16-year-old boy from Cranbourne East has been charged with two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of obtaining property by deception, criminal damage and assaulting police. He has also been remanded to appear at a children’s court at a later date.

An 18-year-old from Dandenong was charged with aggravated burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and three counts of obtaining property by deception. He has been bailed to appear at a children’s court.

A 16-year-old girl from Dandenong North was also remanded because of breaching bail and will appear at a children’s court.

The southern metropolitan regional crime team, formerly known as Taskforce Tense, was set up in November to investigate gang-related burglaries and car thefts in Melbourne’s south-eastern suburbs.

It has made more than 120 arrests.

Anyone with any information about any incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report to www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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