POLICE pursued a group of men in a stolen car through Sunshine this afternoon following a string of robberies in the western suburbs.

Two men told police they were threatened with a knife by a group of three or four men of Pacific Islander appearance opposite Highpoint Shopping Centre.

The group escaped with the victims' mobile phones after the incident in Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong, about 2.30pm.

Police chased a stolen car thought to contain the men through Sunshine shortly afterwards, but terminated the pursuit when the car was driven for some distance on the wrong side of the road.

They are appealing for anyone who sees the car, believed to be a maroon Nissan Skyline with registration plates SIC JDP, to phone triple 0.

Police are also investigating reports the same men were involved in three other robberies in Braybrook about an hour later.

Three students were also robbed while they were waiting for a bus in Ravenhall Street. A 14-year-old boy had his phone stolen, and a 14-year-old boy and 12-year-old boy had their laptops stolen.