CAR thieves trying to steal a 2020 Porsche from the garage of a Portsea beachfront house early Monday morning may have panicked before driving the car over a 2.5-metre cliff.
Unable to drive the Porsche, the offenders then made their getaway by stealing a Mercedes Benz.
Detective Leading Senior Constable Shane Moodie, of Somerville CIU, said two or possibly three offenders entered the garage of the Point Nepean Road property, 2am, Monday 13 July.
“It appears one of the offenders reversed the new Porsche out of the garage and over the cliff where it remained,” Detective Moodie said.
The car’s owner awoke when he heard noise and went to investigate. He was punched in the face as he tried to prevent the other offender from stealing a Mercedes C63 from the garage. He fell to the ground with minor injuries.
Highway patrol police pursued the Mercedes along Point Nepean Road and onto Peninsula Link without success. It was later found dumped in Langwarrin.
Detective Moodie said there were “no suspects at this stage”. One offender is described as “short and wearing a white top and white surgical mask”. The other offender was not seen but the victim believes they spoke to each other “in a foreign language”.