Published: 12:15, 18 September 2017
Two early-morning shop raids in east Kent today are being linked by police.
Detectives believe the burglaries at the Co-op in Reculver Road, Beltinge, and Post Office in Island Road, Upstreet, are connected.
The Co-op was targeted at about 2.38am, with a brick used to smash the glass door.
Those responsible attempted to steal cigarettes, but fled empty-handed.
Almost an hour later, at 3.37am, a glass panel of the door at the Post Office was shattered as the raiders made their way inside.
This time they fled with a haul of cigarettes.
DI Richard Allen says detectives are linking the two crimes and pursuing 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 raids should call police on 01843 222289, quoting reference number 18-0084.
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