WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Police need your help identifying two thieves who stole a car in east Wichita last month. Officers caught them in the act, but the criminals sped off smashing through the patrol cars.

“We don't need that type of person who is willing to take that kind of action against a law enforcement officer,” said Crime Stoppers Coordinator Kris Gupilan.

Gupilan says it started just before 10 a.m. on May 11th when someone saw the two criminals getting in and out of a silver car in the 8300 block of East Kellogg and called the police.

The thieves had no idea two officers were just around the corner, and that’s when it got dangerous fast.

“When officers moved in to investigate the vehicle, the vehicle then sped off, striking one of the police vehicles and officers gave chase. They pursued it briefly, but terminated the chase due to public safety and not putting the public at risk,” Gupilan explained.

Gupilan says investigators later found the stolen car and returned it to the owner, but there was no trace of the thieves.

"Wichita PD investigators are seeking the public's assistance with identifying these two suspects so we can get them apprehended, taken off the streets, and held accountable for felony evade and elude, and striking a police vehicle," said Gupilan.

The first suspect is a man who was wearing a black bandana and black clothes, with what appears to be tattoos down his right arm.

The second suspect is a woman with long dark hair, who was also wearing black clothes.

Gupilan says it’s extremely important for police to find these criminals as soon as possible.

"If you watch the video on the surveillance camera that captured the incident when they were fleeing, I mean, if someone is as bold and rash to make a getaway where they have to strike a police vehicle to slide through just to get away... Someone like this is definitely somebody we need to get apprehended and taken off the streets," said Gupilan.

If you recognize the thieves or know anything about this theft, you can leave an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111.

If your information leads to an arrest, you may be eligible for a cash reward.