AN investigation has been launched after two Co-Op stores in Halesowen were hit by break-ins.

The Co-Op on Hagley Road was targeted at around 4am on Thursday (January 23).

Offenders tried but failed to get into the shop and left empty handed, a force spokesperson said.

A second Co-Op store on Bassnage Road was burgled a short time later, and alcohol was stolen.

Police believe the two incidents to be linked and have called for anyone with information to get in touch.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: "Police were called to an attempted burglary at Co-op, Hagley Road, Halesowen, just after 4am yesterday (Thursday).

"Offenders failed to gain access to the shop and fled empty-handed.

"There was a break-in at a Co-op in Bassnage Road, Halesowen, not long afterwards and alcohol was taken.

"These are believed to be linked and anyone with information is asked to contact police via Live Chat at, or by calling 101. Quote crime reference number 20DY/19585Z/20."