Three men have been arrested by police after a safe was stolen during a commercial burglary in Hoppers Crossing this morning.
Police responded to the break-in at the telecommunications store on Old Geelong Road when the alarm was activated around 12.40am.
Werribee officers were quickly on the scene and spotted a red SUV, with damage to its rear, leaving the area.
Officers on the ground were assisted by the Airwing who followed the car as it made its way onto the Princes Freeway towards Geelong.
The vehicle performed a U-turn and was followed by police as it passed through Port Melbourne, St Kilda and into the south-eastern suburbs, at times travelling at a fast rate of speed.
As officers attempted to intercept the car on Westall Road the offenders threw a safe from the rear of the vehicle and crossed onto the wrong side of the road.
The trio dumped the car in Gayle Court, Clayton South before they drove off in a second car.
The Airwing then observed the men dump the second car in Jason Place, Hampton Park where they fled on foot towards a third car in Branton Drive.
Police ground units moved in and arrested the three men without incident.
The men, a 28-year-old from Carrum Downs, a 32-year-old from Bundoora and a 33-year-old from Skye, are assisting police with their enquiries.
It’s believed the men removed another safe from the premises, but it was left at the scene.