Police have widened the search for a “high-risk sex offender” who absconded from a Victorian correctional facility.

The search for a dangerous criminal who fled a Victorian facility has widened to other states.

Andrew Darling fled Corella Place, a residential facility in Ararat, on Sunday morning after breaking off his satellite tracking device.

Detective Acting Superintendent Ian Campbell said the search was now being widened after Darling escaped twice before.

“In 2009 when he absconded he was located very quickly in Queensland, and on an occasion in 2010 when he absconded he was located in and around the Ararat area,” Det Supt Campbell told reporters on Wednesday.

He said Darling had been saving money for some time, so he had the financial ability to get interstate.

Det Supt Campbell said the public should be wary if they saw Darling on the street.

“He has been classified as a registered high-risk sex offender,” he said.

Police don’t believe Darling had help when he escaped from Corella Place.

Darling is described as Caucasian, about 176cm tall and of medium build. He has blue eyes, fair-coloured and close-cropped hair, and a fair complexion.

He has both his ears pierced and tattoos on his right lower leg, back and arms.

He may be wearing camouflage-coloured clothing.

Police urge anyone who sees him to call triple-zero.