A knife-wielding thief attacked a security guard after being caught trying to shoplift from a chemist in Bourke St.
A knife-wielding thief attacked a security guard after being caught trying to shoplift from a chemist in Bourke St.

Security guard attacked by knife-wielding shoplifter

A knife-wielding thief attacked a security guard after being caught trying to shoplift from a chemist in Bourke St.

The confrontation happened about 8.50pm yesterday.

Police said two men in the store - a 24-year-old Ferntree Gully man and 22-year-old Burwood man - were arrested over the attempted theft.

One of the men produced a knife and assaulted a security guard after he was confronted, police said.

The security guard sustained minor injuries.

The pair fled the store empty-handed and were arrested by police shortly after on Elizabeth Street.

They were last night in custody assisting police with their inquiries.

The investigation is ongoing.