Extensive damage was done to the shops
A silver Nissan Terrano was driven into the front window of At Your Convenience Stores in High Street, Orsett, at around 1.35am today.
Someone attempted to take money from a cash machine inside but left empty-handed.
While officers were at the scene, they received a report a similar car had smashed into the front window of Moylers, in Calcutta Road, Tilbury.
They attempted to stop the vehicle but it failed to stop and was later found damaged in Christchurch Road.
It is not yet known if anything was taken from the store in Tilbury.
Officers believe the incidents are linked to another burglary at Linford Food & Wine in East Tilbury Road, Stanford-le-Hope, at around 1.15am on Thursday, 18 March.
Nothing was stolen during the incident but extensive damage was done to the front of the building.
Detectives would like to speak to any witnesses and anyone who lives in the area of the incidents and has CCTV or doorbell footage.
People are asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident 42/47591/21.
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