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Thieves target branch of Oman’s biggest bank

Leave empty-handed when alarm goes off

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Muscat: The Royal Oman Police (ROP) are on the hunt for a criminal gang that broke into the Ibri branch of the country’s biggest lender, Bank Muscat, but fled empty-handed when they triggered a security alarm.

In a statement, the ROP said the attempted robbery took place early on Sunday morning in the Dhahirah region of the country. Preliminary investigations suggest that the gang first severed the electrical cable supplying power to the branch and then forced their way through the main door. They then proceeded to disable the closed circuit TV cameras as well as other surveillance systems.

But as the would-be thieves tried to gain entry into the vault, they set off a secondary alarm that sent security personnel scrambling to the site of the break-in. The gang however fled the scene before the police arrived.

The Directorate General of Inquiries and Criminal Investigation, as well as the Ibri police station, are jointly investigating the break-in, the statement added.