AFL: Burglars have smashed their way into the house of Essendon players, stealing wallets and keys before taking off in several cars in Melbourne's west.
One player woke when a car crashed into a tree.
The players are believed to be Shaun McKernan, Jayden Laverde, Conor McKenna and James Ferry.
Police were called after a Maribyrnong property was broken into last Friday morning about 4am, with the thieves making off with wallets and keys to four cars.
One of the players woke after hearing one of the cars, a Volkswagen, crash nearby and saw a man getting into another car.
A Mazda and two Holden Commodores were also stolen.
Police believe the robbers arrived in a stolen Toyota Camry, which has since been recovered after being dumped in Maribyrnong.
The Volkswagen stolen from the property was found nearby.
The Mazda and two Holden Commodores are still missing.
Neighbour Sherry Detering saw the players run out of the house screaming at the robbers.
"The owners across the road were running out after the cars screaming," she said.
"They were quite distressed. They were yelling: 'who left the door open', 'who let them out', 'come back, come back'."
Ms Detering said she was shaken by the incident.
"It's terrible. It was pretty scary," she said.
"I heard a big loud crash, my husband and I were sleeping in the front room.
"I got up and saw two cars speeding off in opposite directions."
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