Three men have been charged over a terrifying spate of carjackings allegedly involving a vehicle fitted with fake police lights.
The carjacking spree began at 10.40pm on Monday in Coleman Road, Wantirna South, police said, when a car was stopped by a dark station wagon with red-and-blue flashing lights.
A man got out of the car and allegedly pointed a firearm at the victims before trying to steal the car.
In attempting to get away, the victims reversed their car into a power pole before running from the scene and calling police.
Patrick Tilley was a passenger in his friend’s car when it was “cut off” by a black Holden fitted with red and blue lights that looked like an undercover police car.
“Before we knew it, the man had actually come out of the car armed with a rifle and started coming towards us,” he told 3AW Radio.
“It was very, very terrifying.”
A short time later, police were told that the station wagon stopped another car in Bond Street, Ferntree Gully, and threatened the occupant with a gun.
The men also demanded the victim handed over the car keys but were foiled by an immobiliser fitted to the vehicle.
The offenders fled the scene in the station wagon and drove to Cromwell Road, South Yarra, where a black Audi sedan was stolen.
Police were told the men drove up behind the Audi and told the victim to get out of the car.
The offenders then drove off in the vehicle, which was recovered by detectives in Deer Park on Tuesday.
The three charged men are accused of offences including armed robbery, impersonating police, firearm offences, theft of a motor car, robbery, possessing ice and evading police.
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