The police are reportedly investigating a foiled hold-up on the HSBC Bank branch in Birkirkara a few weeks ago.
Sources have confirmed that the attempted hold-up happened on Police Day, when most officers were in Valletta for the annual parade, and was foiled by passers-by who noticed a parked car close to the bank with three men inside.
One passer-by saw three men putting balaclavas to their heads, while a man who was on the back seat of the car appeared to be loading a weapon.
At that point, the passer-by raised the alarm by shouting and catching the attention of other people in the street who also noted the men in the car.
Panic ensued and the men sped off with their car which was later found abandoned by the police.
While the alarm was raised, bank employees shut the door while an emergency procedure was put into place to secure the bank and its surroundings.