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Police cars rammed during dramatic arrest of men wanted over luxury store burglaries

Police said the pair’s apprehension followed an investigation into a series of commercial burglaries on luxury goods stores including Miss Louise on Collins Street on May 26.

The men have also been arrested in relation to five other incidents from earlier on Thursday where items were stolen from a luxury goods store in Southbank, a tool store in Thomastown, a pharmacy in Ivanhoe, a sports store in Kew and a fast-food restaurant in Prahran.

A police spokeswoman said at the time of their arrest, the two men, one a 30-year-old from Northcote and the other a 56-year-old from Carlton, rammed two police cars in an attempt to flee.

Thousands of dollars worth of designer women’s goods, including high-end shoes and bags, were stolen after a car smashed through the window of the Miss Louise boutique in the CBD on May 26.

Melbourne CBD boutique store Miss Louise had thousands of dollars' worth of designer goods stolen after a car smashed through its shopfront window in a daylight burglary.

Melbourne CBD boutique store Miss Louise had thousands of dollars’ worth of designer goods stolen after a car smashed through its shopfront window in a daylight burglary.Credit:Nine News

At the time police said a ute was used to smash through the window before two men fled the scene with stolen goods, about 7.20am.

Jennifer Cooper, who witnessed the duo’s eventual arrest on Thursday labelled it a “brilliant tactical success” by police.

“A planned coordinated box in of a large white ute which rammed three cars and filled the air with burnt rubber,” she tweeted.

A police spokeswoman said the men are expected to be charged with burglary, theft, theft of motor vehicle, criminal damage, dangerous driving whilst being pursued by police and intentionally exposing an emergency worker to risk by driving.

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