Udupi: Thieves broke into the Nandikoor branch of Syndicate Bank around weekend and took away Rs 2.39 lakh in cash.
The incident may have taken place anytime between the night of Friday and early Monday morning, since there were two bank holidays on Saturday and Sunday.
A professional gang is suspected to have been involved in the theft, because gas-fired metal-cutting equipment was used to crack the security chamber and safety lockers.
The Padubidri police arrived at the spot and held investigations. Fingerprint experts and the canine squad also joined in the probe.
The bank lies alongside the Padubidri-Karkala highway. Although it is a remote place, neither CCTV is installed nor a security guard appointed on the premises. Even the cable of the siren system was readily visible on the wall, which the miscreants first snipped before doing their act.
The skilled sniffer dog Brutus led its trainers to the railway track located about 600 metres away. On checking around, two empty gas cylinders were found abandoned in the bushes.
Karkala subdivision ASP Dr Suman Pernekar said that a team led by the local circle inspector would investigate into the case.