Charges after police pursuit through Gippsland

ARMED Crime detectives have charged a 17-year-old Hampton Park girl and a 25-year-old Endeavour Hills man following a high speed pursuit through Gippsland on Thursday.

The man, Jaye Richardson, has been charged with eight counts of armed robbery.

It is alleged he stole seven cars and tries to steal an eighth.

The matter went before the Morwell Magistrates’ Court on Friday, but Richardson did not appear. He has been remanded in custody and will appear in court in January 22.

The girl has been charged with five counts of armed robbery and has been remanded to appear in a children’s court at a later date.

The pair faced an out of sessions hearing in Morwell on Thursday night.

Detectives are expected to lay additional charges pending further enquiries.

Dandenong detectives attended an address in Rogers St, Dandenong around 10.30am Thursday morning to execute a search warrant as part of an ongoing investigation into stolen cars.

When police arrived at the front door, they were confronted by a man allegedly armed with a firearm.

Police attempted to negotiate with the man for some time but he refused to cooperate.

Around 11.30am the man jumped into an allegedly stolen white ute with a 20-year-old woman known to him and drove from the address.

Police followed the man at a distance while the airwing monitored the vehicle’s progress.

The man drove from Dandenong through Ferntree Gully, Morwell, Yarragon, Moe, Traralgon, Rosedale, Sale, Stratford and Bairnsdale with police following and monitoring the situation.

He dumped the initial vehicle in Moe and stole a number of vehicles, pulling out the drivers and dumping the cars as he went.

He crashed one of the allegedly stolen vehicles in Newman Crescent, Traralgon where his female passenger was taken into police custody.

Near Bairnsdale the man jumped into the backseat of a car and ordered the driver to travel east bound towards Lakes Entrance.

Police intercepted the man on the Princes Highway at Swan Reach around 2.30pm.

Richardson was arrested and taken into police custody.

No one was injured.