Police are hunting a group of “dangerous” teenagers who overpowered a guard and escaped from a detention centre last night before allegedly robbing a supermarket in Melbourne’s outer east just hours later.
The six boys, aged between 15 and 17, escaped from the juvenile justice centre in Park Street, Parkville about 10pm.
Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Sir Ken Jones said a guard was “overpowered” by the youths but could not say if the guard suffered any injuries.
“This particular group is dangerous,” said Sir Ken. A police spokesman said the boys were serving time for serious offences including armed robbery, robbery and assault. He said the exact details of how they escaped had not been released.
But within hours, police said some members of the group appear to have been involved in the violent robbery, targeting a Coles supermarket. “We think they may have been involved in an armed robbery down at Dandenong about 4.40am,” he said. “It was an armed robbery of a supermarket where we had three or four people there with knives,” he said.
“They took cash and cigarettes before fleeing.” It is understood the boys got away in a customer’s car parked outside the store. Members of the group fled the detention centre in dark clothes. Police units and the dog squad patrolled the area around the jail but failed to find the offenders immediately following the break-out.
Any who within information should contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000