Four men charged after car smashes through Newport shop window in ram raid

Four men who allegedly smashed their car through a shop window in Newport before fleeing with cigarettes and alcohol in the early hours of Monday morning have been charged.

Police said a white Commodore ploughed through a Challis Street grocery store just after 3am.

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Three arrested following Newport ram raid

Victoria Police says cigarettes and alcohol were stolen after a car smashed through a shop window in Melbourne's west. Vision courtesy Seven News Melbourne.

Victoria Police spokeswoman Hannah Rowlands said cigarettes and alcohol were stolen and "a number" of offenders fled the scene and then got into another vehicle.

Ram raid in Newport this morning. Alleged offenders then crashed on Westgate Fwy. Mess everywhere. #7NewsMelb pic.twitter.com/TKVdHSpk9K

— Laurel Irving (@laurelirving7) June 18, 2017

She said the car police believed was involved in the ram raid was found after it crashed near the Melbourne Road exit on the Westgate Freeway.

The car was towed by police just after 6.30pm.

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She said three men were arrested in St Albans and are being interviewed by police.

Police said one man was later taken to hospital with minor injuries.

All clear on the WG, but damage done – heavy Forsyth to the Bridge. WRR Alt slow past the DP Bypass onto the WG #victraffic

— Jimmy Traffic (@JimmyTraffic) June 18, 2017

Brimbank Embona Taskforce detectives charged four men late Monday afternoon.

The men, an 18-year-old Altona North man, a 20-year-old St Albans man, a 19-year-old Altona man and a 21-year-old Hoppers Crossing man have been charged with burglary, theft, theft of a motor vehicle and possessing a prohibited weapon.

They were remanded in custody to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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