Police said detectives were investigating a series of incidents in a 48-hour period which had happened at South Morang, Epping, Donvale, Brooklyn, Footscray and Maidstone.
The rampage started when the group stole a silver VW Golf in a burglary at Donvale on Wednesday night.
That vehicle was linked to an attempted burglary at a South Morang shopping centre early today and the theft of jewellery in a break-in at an Epping business.
Police say a 2004 Mercedes Benz convertible was later stolen during an aggravated burglary at Brooklyn in which a front door was kicked in.
Police say that vehicle was seen in Footscray travelling with the Golf, which crashed soon after in Inkerman St. Three youths fled the scene but a 16-year-old from Epping was arrested soon after in Maidstone.
“It is believed those involved may have links to a gang known as Apex,” a Victoria Police statement said.
One of the males who got away was described as being of African appearance, wearing a black cap with a small white emblem, white face mask, red gloves, black jumper with a Nike emblem on the left hand side, black pants and black runners.
The second male was described of African appearance and was wearing a black/red cap, white face mask, one grey and one red glove, black jumper with Everlast emblem, black pants and black runners.