Burglars who stole guns from a Whakatane property last night repeatedly rammed police cars and even threw a chainsaw at pursuing officers as they made their getaway.

Raiders fled a Poroporo property in an SUV about 10.30pm after stealing a firearms safe containing two guns and ammunition, along with chainsaws, fishing equipment and a lawnmower.

Police caught up with the burglars heading towards Taneatua before they stopped and reversed into the police vehicles and took off again.

In two subsequent rammings, a male officer suffered a minor injury.


The offenders were last seen heading south on Reid Road.

Police are appealing for sightings of the dark-coloured large, older style SUV similar to a Pajero, Bighorn or Prada, which will have extensive damage to its rear.

Phone Whakatane Police on 07 308 5255 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.