POLICE were called to reports of a burglary at Budgens, High Street, Billingshurst, Horsham on Sunday April 24.
Three men are believed to have smashed the glass in the front door of the shop to gain access at around 3.50am. Once inside the smoke screen alarm was automatically activated and the men then ran off empty handed.
The suspects were all wearing hooded tops to conceal their identities and one may have also had a pair of tights pulled over his head.
Police believe the incident may be linked to a recent series of night-time Co-op burglaries where cigarettes were stolen.
Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Sussex Police on 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 0313 of 24/4 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.