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Hair salon smash ‘n grab spree in Melbourne’s south-east

Image: Police at the scene of the Rowville incident

Three offenders have smashed their way into a hairdressing salon in Melbourne’s south-east, assaulting a man and making off with a stash of expensive hair straighteners.

Callers to 3AW Breakfast spotted at least two salons that had been targeted this morning.

The first report came from Essex Road in Mount Waverley, where the glass shop front had been smashed in.

Police say the hair salon was broken into about 5am, with a 33-year-old man who lives at the back of the property receiving minor injuries when he was assaulted by the three offenders.

Another caller said he saw the same thing at a Rokk Ebony salon on Wellington Road in Rowville.

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Police say shortly before 6am the Rowville hair salon was targeted, the offenders again making off with hair straighteners and a number of other items.

Offenders were seen in a white Mitsubishi ASX station wagon, which was later found burnt-out on Garnett Reserve, Mulgrave.

Police are investigating whether the two incidents are linked.

A 24-year-old Endeavour Hills man, a 28-year-old Dandenong man and a 38-year-old Narre Warren North man are currently being interviewed by detectives.