Police are investigating three burglaries at shops in Orsett, Tilbury and Stanford-le-Hope.
Officers were contacted shortly after 1.35am this morning, Friday March 19, with reports that a silver Nissan Terrano had been driven into the front window of At Your Convenience Stores in High Street, Orsett.
Someone attempted to take money from a cash machine inside, but left empty-handed.
The suspects left in the car towards Stifford Clays Road.
While officers were on scene, a further call came in at 1.50am with reports a vehicle matching the same description had driven into the front window of Moylers in Calcutta Road, Tilbury.
It is not yet clear if anything was taken.
Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it failed to stop and was later found damaged in Christchurch Road.
Police believe these incidents are also linked to a burglary at Linford Food & Wine in East Tilbury Road, Stanford-le-Hope, at about 1.15am yesterday, Thursday 18 March. Nothing was stolen in that burglary but extensive damage was caused to the front of the building.
They would like to speak to any witnesses and anyone who lives in the area of this morning’s incidents and has CCTV or doorbell footage.
You can speak to an online operator at https://www.essex.police.uk between 7am-11pm or call 101 quoting incident 42/47591/21.
To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org