TEENS linked to the notorious Apex gang are under investigation over a wave of aggravated burglaries, car thefts and smash and grabs across Melbourne. Associates of the gang, known for operating in the outer southeastern suburbs, are believed to have been involved in crimes as far north as South Morang.

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.