A group of women allegedly used sledgehammers to break into a Woolworths store before crashing into a police vehicle with their getaway car on the Gold Coast.

It is alleged that the group broke into the Reedy Creek store just after 3 am on Thursday and began stealing cigarettes and mobile phones.

Woolworths staff quickly alerted the police after watching live footage of the events unfold.

As the group tried to escape in their stolen getaway car, they allegedly rammed a police van that had been used to block the path.

A 29-year-old woman was arrested at the scene but her two accomplices managed to escape.

One of them ran from the site on foot but the other managed to drive the car away from the scene before crashing it again on a nearby street.

“I saw one person jump the fence and just pin it over the bush,” a witness of the crash told 9News.

“They were wearing a black hat and black trackies”.

Also speaking to 9News was a resident who lived in the area, and they revealed that they saw someone try to break into surrounding houses.

The two women who managed to evade police after crashing into the police vehicle remain on the run.

Detectives are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Investigations are continuing.

This article originally appeared on Over60.