‘If they want to take a car or property, let them’: Suspected African Apex gangs in terrifying four-day Melbourne home invasion spree – as top cop urges residents to hand everything over
- Police investigating Melbourne crime wave with four home invasions in a week
- On Wednesday, Hillside mother was tied up with phone cord by men in her home
- Then on Thursday, eight men broke into a Melton home and stole a white Ford
- On Monday, a Rockbank couple fought back at an African gang who broke in
- Same day, gang of thieves crept into a Brookfield home to steal phones and keys
Melbourne residents have been left terrified with a massive crime wave spreading across the city’s west as police reveal there have been four home invasions in just one week.
A Hillside mother-of-three remains sedated in hospital after she was tied up with a phone cord and bashed by two intruders who stole her car on Wednesday at 11am.
On Thursday at 7pm, eight men armed with metal poles broke into a home in Melton South while the family were watching television.
One day later, a Rockbank couple tricked a gang of seven suspected Apex members by giving them the wrong keys to one of their cars and a Brookfield family were left terrified when five burglars crept to steal mobile phones as they slept.
Melbourne residents have been left terrified with a massive crime wave spreading across the city’s west. Hillside mother Marisa Bonacci (pictured) remains sedated in hospital after she was tied up with a phone cord and bashed on Wednesday
On Thursday, Riccardi Accaputo, 31, and his aunt were horrified after eight men broke into their Melton South home while they were watching television
On Tuesday, Assistant Commissioner Stephen Fontana said home invasions were a ‘difficult type of offending’ to police and described the perpetrators as ‘hardcore individuals’.
‘What we find is we have some hardcore individuals that seem to attract other young people and they could come from all parts of Melbourne or Victoria,’ he told the Today Show.
‘It seems to be they’re really well connected via social networks’.
Assistant Commissioner Fontana advised residents to give up their car or property to violent home invaders to avoid being injured.
‘Let them take it. These are really cowardly young people that are breaking in and best to avoid any confrontation with them,’ he said.
Marisa Bonacci, 55, was home alone when she was tied up and attacked in a horrific daylight home intrusion on Wednesday.
She is sedated in hospital and suffered a suspected broken nose and significant bruising to her head and body.
The offenders stole her Volkswagen, which was found burnt out in Melton later that day.