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‘I got out a butchers knife’: Armed home invaders try to car-jack police

(Image: One of the Keysborough homes targeted by aggravated burglars)

An elderly couple and their grandson have grabbed knives to defend themselves during an aggravated burglary in Keysborough.

The armed teenagers on a home invasion spree came unstuck by trying to car-jack an unmarked police car this morning.

The two young men, aged 17 and 19, targeted three homes before triggering a police chase when they picked on the wrong vehicle.

Their rampage started at Keysborough when they broke into the Annabelle Boulevard home of a young family about 1.30am.

The occupants — aged 39, 36, 8 and 4 — were not confronted but their car keys were stolen and the thieves fled in their vehicle.

It was only 3km away that the teens tried to break into another home in Keylana Drive.

They failed, and so attacked a neighbouring property where they confronted Derick Tek and his grandparents.

All three refused to handover the keys, arming themselves instead.

“I got out a butchers’ knife … just to scare them.”

Click PLAY to hear Derick tell his full story

Their keys were stolen but the teens fled in their first allegedly stolen car nonetheless.

By this stage, police were on the hunt and their job suddenly became easy.

While two officers were waiting at a set of traffic lights in an unmarked car, the two teens emerged from the car in front of them and tried to car-jack the police.

That’s when the car chase started.

Stop sticks were deployed in Corrigan Street at Noble Park and the car came to a stop about 2.13am.

The offenders attempted to flee on foot but were arrested shortly after in Theodore Drive.

The teens are currently in custody assisting police with their enquiries.

Police urge any witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

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