Two thieves were so desperate to get away from the police, that the pair resorted to using chainsaws to separate themselves from the police.

According to Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA, the two crooks were spotted leaving the Howard Brother’s hardware store in Duluth, Ga. at around 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 29. When police officers heard the store’s alarm, they went to investigate.

The thieves fled in a minivan, and lead officers on a wild three minute chase through the streets of Duluth. About a minute into the chase, the officers found themselves dodging three chainsaws that the crooks tossed onto the road. The thieves even tossed a weed-eater to evade the police.

This is not the first bizarre police chase in Metro Atlanta.

In June of 2010, a man from Dacula in Gwinnett County was involved in a hit and run accident. The man sped off, which set off a police chase on busy Interstate 85 through the county. During the chase, the man was intentionally damaging cars as he tried to out run the police.

The man was charged with seven counts of aggravated assault, six counts of hit and run, seven counts of following too closely, four counts of aggressive driving, three counts of failure to maintain a lane and one count of speeding and fleeing.

In the Duluth case, the chase ended after three minutes after the suspects bailed out of the van and ran into the woods. The van, which was reported stolen just days before in DeKalb County, contained nine weed-eaters, and two more chainsaws from Howard Brothers and another hardware store the thieves hit.

According to WXIA, the total cost of the merchandise that was stolen totaled nearly $19,000, and the chainsaw that managed to hit one of the patrol cars caused nearly $3,000 in damage. Unfortunately for police, the two suspects are still on the run.

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