Kent Police are appealing for witnesses following two burglaries in the early hours of Monday 18th September 2017.
The two incidents occurred at Co-op in Reculver Road, Beltinge and the Post Office in Island Road, Upstreet, and police investigating believe they are linked.
Officers were called to the Co-op at 2.38am to a report of a burglary. A brick had been used to smash the glass door and attempts had been made to steal cigarettes, but the suspects had left empty-handed.
At 3.37am police were called to a report of a burglary at the Post Office in Upstreet. A glass panel of the door had been smashed and a quantity of cigarettes had been stolen.
Detective Inspector Richard Allen said detectives were linking the two crimes and were following a number of lines of enquiry.
He said: ‘We believe the offenders must have had a vehicle to enable them to commit both burglaries in such a short timescale, and we urge anyone who saw a suspicious vehicle at either Beltinge or Upstreet - or nearby Nethergong Hill - to contact us.
‘We also urge people – especially the owners of rural businesses – to remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour.’
Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to phone Kent Police on 01843 222289 or Kent Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting reference number 18-0084.