POLICE are investigating a potential link between two Isle of Wight burglaries.

Earlier today (Friday), it was revealed thousands of pounds had been stolen in a late-night burglary at the Co-operative store on Sandown High Street.

Officers were called to the shop after an intruder alarm was activated.

On arrival, they noticed entry had been forced to the premises and £5,000 in cash was stolen.

An hour later, a 33-year-old man and 37-year-old man, both from Southampton, were arrested in Castle Street, East Cowes.

Last month, a large quantity of cash stolen from the Co-operative store on York Avenue in East Cowes.

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Entry was forced to the premises and the break-in saw the shop's automatic door left ajar.

Police went on to issue an appeal for further information.

On both occasions, a police cordon was erected.

A spokesperson for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary said the force is working to establish if the two incidents are connected.