A burglary at on Fort Salonga Road in Northport was interrupted Sunday at 4 a.m. when and police personnel arrived on the scene, officials say.
To gain access to the building, the alleged burglars cut the electrical power to the building to disable the burglar alarm and began to cut a hole in the roof.
Fire alarms, however, are required to have battery back-up in the event of a power failure. So, even though electricity to the bank was disconnected, the battery powered fire alarm detected smoke generated from cutting through the roof. The alarm sounded and the alleged bandits fled the scene empty handed.
Suffolk police say that no arrests have been made and the investigation is continuing.
Later Sunday, by two men with guns. No arrests have been made in that case either. Police did not say whether they thought the robbery and the burglary were related.