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Gang of ‘African’ children steal from Melbourne Coles

  • Gang of ‘African’ youths stormed a Melbourne Coles on Saturday 
  • They made off with lollies and soft drinks and left shoppers terrified 
  • Victoria Police confirmed about 20 youths were involved in the incident 

A gang of ‘African’ youths have stormed a Melbourne Coles, leaving shoppers terrified.

Mother-of-three was Alicia Fulcher was shopping with her young children at the Spring Hill shopping centre Coles on Saturday afternoon when the gang crashed through.

‘All of a sudden this large crowd of basically teenagers just started crashing their way through the registers with arms full of stock,’ Ms Fulcher told 3AW Radio.

Mother-of-three was Alicia Fulcher was shopping with her young children at the Spring Hill shopping centre Coles on Saturday afternoon when the gang crashed through

‘I was terrified.’

Ms Fulcher told the program there were about 20-25 young people involved in the looting.

‘Some of them looked as young as 11-12 years old,’ she said.

‘They were all African… They are obviously here from Africa and everybody is getting angry about it.

‘They seem to be sticking together… and taking over I think.’

Ms Fulcher said the young people had no fear of being caught and even stopped to compare what they had stolen only metres from the store.

Victoria Police are investigating the incident.

In a statement police said: ‘They went through and grabbed a range of items, leaving the store soon after without making any attempts to pay.

‘It is believed confectionary, chips and soft drinks were stolen.

‘The teenagers are perceived to be of African appearance and a number of them were wearing hooded jumpers and backpacks.’

A gang of 'African' youths have stormed a Melbourne Coles, leaving shoppers terrified

A gang of ‘African’ youths have stormed a Melbourne Coles, leaving shoppers terrified

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