A POLICE helicopter was deployed during a two hour car chase following a burglary in Bletchley.
The thieves managed to evade capture following a high speed pursuit through Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
The chase followed an altercation between police and the burglars, who were armed with screwdrivers, in which two officers were injured.
Police had originally been called to a report of a burglary in progress at an address in Surrey Road at 2.44pm yesterday (Monday). Once there they tried to arrest two men, but following a scuffle the thieves escaped in a grey Audi A3.
A search, assisted by the Force helicopter, was conducted, but no-one was arrested.
Two officers sustained minor bumps and grazes during the altercation, but did not require hospital treatment.
The Audi travelled at high speed towards Bicester, back through Buckingham and Aylesbury, before heading through Bedfordshire and into Hertfordshire, where it was later recovered in the Watford area.
Detectives are linking the incident to three other burglaries that took place in the Bletchley area yesterday between 11.30am and 2.45pm, two at addresses in Avon Grove and the other at a second address in the Surrey Road area.
Detective Inspector Suzette Allcorn, investigating, said: “All four burglaries occurred at homes of elderly residents, although thankfully none of them were at home at the time. Various items were stolen, including jewellery and cash.
“We are appealing for anyone who witnessed any of the incidents or saw any suspicious activity in the area to contact us as soon as possible.
“I would like to reassure people that we are doing all we can to find those responsible for these burglaries. I have a team of officers making enquiries and reviewing previous burglaries to investigate possible links, and neighbourhood officers are stepping up their patrols to help provide additional reassurance in the community.
“We remind people to remain vigilant and ensure that their properties are as secure as possible at all times, even when you are at home.”
Both men are described as white. Officers believe that one is in his early twenties and the other is in his early thirties.
Anyone with any information about any of the incidents is asked to contact DI Allcorn or her team at Milton Keynes police station via the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101.