On the 10-01-18 at around 4.45 am four masked male offenders armed with hammers smashed their way into a service station on the corner of Wood Street & Dalton Road in Thomastown stealing a quantity of cigarettes before fleeing in a silver SUV. The four offenders were all described as being of African appearance.
At around the same time two masked male offenders armed with hammers and a knife entered another services station a short distance away on the corner of Dalton Road & Keon Parade in Keon Park. The offenders jumped the counter and demanded the store attendant open the cash register, striking him to the face. Four other offenders then entered the store stealing a large quantity of cigarettes. The offenders were all described as being of African appearance.