Police are investigating possible links between a series of aggravated burglaries overnight believed to have been committed by a group of teenagers.
Two vehicles have not been located, while a third vehicle has been found.
Ballarat Acting Senior Sergeant Dave Flood said crime scene detectives were investigating a series of burglaries where offenders targeted houses with garages and stole cars overnight.
About 1.30am offenders broke through a garage roller door into a house in Locksley Street, Wendouree and walked through an internal door. They walked into the kitchen and stole keys and drove off with a 1995 VS Holden ute. The ute was found about 90 minutes later in Black Hill.
Police believe the same offenders dumped the ute and broke into a nearby property at Robert Drive, Nerrina.
Acting Senior Sergeant Flood said offenders pushed the garage door up over the rolling system and walked through a door into the kitchen. The teens stole a red 2011 Nissan Dualis with registration PMG 252, which has not been found.
At 3.40am residents of a house in Canopy Avenue, Alfredton, woke to hear two males rolling a white Mitsubishi Magna with registration SQS 759 out the door. The car has not been found.
"This series of aggravated burglaries acts as a timely reminder that residents really need to secure their garage doors," Acting Senior Sergeant Flood said.
"If people do see anything suspicious they need to call triple-0."