POLICE are investigating a bizarre series of incidents they say began with an aggravated burglary in Yarrawonga and ended with a car crash five hours later and 100 kilometres away in Thurgoona.
After confronting those responsible, the Yarrawonga burglary victim suffered a heart attack requiring immediate attention from local paramedics.
Cobram Detective Sen-Constable Mat Prestage said a Bank Street house in Yarrawonga was broken into between 5.30am and 6.30am while the occupant was at home.
A Mitsubishi Pajero was stolen but its owner discovered it a short time later parked at McDonald’s in Telford Street.
Sen-Constable Prestage said the victim confronted those who were in the car but suffered a heart attack shortly afterwards.
He collapsed on the pavement and paramedics took him to Wangaratta Base Hospital where his condition was stabilised.
Meanwhile Sen-Constable Prestage said the alleged thieves had swapped the stolen car for a red Ford Falcon sedan in Sharp Street.
Police will allege that the young person stole the motor vehicle after breaking into a home in Lavington on Monday night and obtaining the keys and some cash.
Rutherglen Leading Sen-Constable Phil Ryder found the car parked under a tree on Ready Street before the occupants took off in it as he approached.
He pursued it for a short time before terminating the chase for safety reasons. The car had reached 120km/h in a 60km/h street just outside the centre of Rutherglen.
Wodonga police detected the vehicle on the Hume Freeway a short time later, pursuing it across the border with the driver alleged to have been travelling at 160km/h.
Albury police Inspector Tony Moodie said NSW highway patrol officers took up the pursuit north of the border before it was again called off, for safety reasons, on Racecourse Road at 10.20am.
Insp Moodie said the driver of the car lost control soon after on the Elizabeth Mitchell Drive and Corrys Road roundabout and crashed into a nature strip on the north side of Corrys Road about 10.30am.
Thurgoona father Paul Jones walked from his home nearby with son Bodie, 6, after driving past the crash.
“Lucky we didn’t drive down the road five minutes earlier,” Mr Jones said as he took a photo of the wreck.
Police arrested three teenagers, two aged 16 and one aged 17, from Wodonga, Thurgoona and Albury.
The 16-year-old has been charged with break, enter and steal; police pursuit, enter enclosed lands, driving whilst disqualified and driving at a speed dangerous.
He has been refused bail and will appear before Albury Childrens Court today.
The other boys have been released pending further inquiries.