Detectives from Northwich CID are appealing for information after burglars targeted two businesses in less than 24 hours.
At 4.11am on Saturday 30 March officers received reports of an incident at Tesco Express on Northwich Road, Weaverham.
They discovered that unknown offenders had broken into the store and stolen cash from the till, along with several bottles of whisky.
The offenders then ran down an alleyway at the side of the store and are believed to have got into a getaway car in Kendrick Close.
Less than 24 hours later, at 11.11pm, officers were called to reports of suspicious activity at Chatwins on Norley Road in Cuddington.
Officers discovered that that three unknown offenders wearing balaclavas had broken into the bakery and stolen a quantity of cash.
The offenders are believed to have fled the scene in a blue car.
It is not yet known if the two incidents are linked.
Detective Constable John Brundrett said: “To have incidents of this nature in such close proximity is extremely unusual and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the people responsible.
“The investigations into the two incidents are ongoing and we are following a number of lines of enquiry – at this stage we are keeping an open mind as to whether the burglaries are connected.
“I am keen to hear from anyone who was in the areas at the times of the burglaries occurred and believes they may have witnessed something that may be relevant to our investigation.
“I also want to hear from motorists with dashcams who were driving on Northwich Road in Weaverham or Norley Road in Cuddington around the times the incidents took place.
“If you think that you have any information that could help our investigation, no matter how small, please call the team here at Northwich Police Station on 101.”