We were alerted to a fire at a shop in Roundwell Street at around 6.40am today, Monday 21 December.
Officers attended along with colleagues from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service who were able to extinguish the fire.
An investigation at the scene established that the fire was started deliberately. It was found a number of electrical items were stolen from the property suggesting it was broken into before the fire was started.
A silver Volkswagen Golf was seen acting suspiciously in the area between 5am and 5.45am and detectives are keen to trace this vehicle.
If you have any information about this incident, or the vehicle, please contact DC Sarah Clancy at Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 82 of December 21. Alternatively, you can contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.