Getaway car used in mobile shop raid had been stolen from Milton Keynes

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A CAR stolen from Milton Keynes was involved in a police pursuit that stretched through two counties.

The Astra, which had false number plates, was used as the getaway car in a raid in Leighton Buzzard town centre earlier today.

The suspected thieves were spotted leaving a premises with armfuls of mobile phones by officers dealing with a nearby call in the early hours of the morning.

Three men, each wearing Balaclavas, were seen leaving Mobile Solutions in Leighton’s Lake Street. The front door to the premises had been kicked in.

The officers, plus the police helicopter were scrambled to follow the men and tracked the black Vauxhall Astra to Great Brickhill where the men fled over residents’ gardens.

Police dogs were deployed along with officers from Thames Valley Police and, shortly after 3am, two of the three suspects were arrested.

Simon Hutchinson, of Beds Police, said the Astra, which had false number plates, had earlier been stolen from Milton Keynes. The incident in Leightion is also being linked to another burglary which took place earlier in the night.

The two men who were arrested are aged 29 and 35. They were taken to Dunstable Police Station but later transferred into the custody of TVP. The third suspect escaped and is still being hunted.

Anyone with information about the raids should call the new police non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.