Police are investigating a spate of break-ins at Co-op stores across the county.

Detectives from Sussex Police believe the business burglaries are linked.

A total of ten break-ins were reported at Co-op stores across several towns between December 14 and December 16.

The shops which were targeted were:

  • North Parade, Horsham
  • Lintot Square, Southwater, near Horsham
  • Pound Hill, Crawley – two incidents
  • Tanfield Centre, Horsham
  • Ilfield Drive, Crawley
  • Fitzalan Road, Horsham
  • Brighton Road, Horley, in Surrey
  • Hartfield Road, Forest Row
  • Franklyn Road, Haywards Heath

Most of the incidents were attempted break-ins and nothing was stolen.

But during the North Parade break-in a till containing cash was stolen.

A further incident took place on December 17 at B&M in County Oak, Crawley, where two tills were stolen.

Officers are appealing for witnesses and believe all of the incidents are linked.

No arrests have been made so far.

Detective Inspector Martin Drabble said: “We are treating these incidents seriously and there will be an increased police presence around the affected stores. Our investigation is ongoing.

“If you have any information, you are urged to contact police online or call 101 quoting Operation Forge.

“Alternatively, witnesses are also asked to contact Crimestoppers to help our investigation.”