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Why you heard that police chopper yesterday afternoon
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A police stakeout helped recover two automobiles but police still seek as many as four men involved in burglaries reported in Chatham and Bryan Counties.

A Nissan Altima identified as a vehicle used in the burglaries was located at an apartment complex on Laroche Avenue. Undercover officers in unmarked cars awaited occupants to return to it when a blue Chevrolet Impala drove up with four males in it.

They sped away from the scene in the two cars, prompting one officer to fire his weapon when the Impala drove toward other officers, but no one was hit.

With a metro helicopter keeping the Impala in sight, Islands Precinct traffic and crime suppression Unit and canine and aviation officers followed it through east Savannah and the Waters Avenue corridor before it crashed into a curb at Atlantic Boulevard and Seiler Avenue about 4 p.m.

The occupants escaped on foot. The Altima was located abandoned on Martha Street. Islands Precinct detectives continue to investigate.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimestoppers at (912) 234-2020 or text CRIMES (274637). Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.