Museum CCTV cameras were not functioning during break-in: Jagath Balasuriya

Museum CCTV cameras were not functioning during break-in: Jagath Balasuriya

Museum CCTV cameras were not functioning during break-in: Jagath Balasuriya

Written by Staff Writer

19 Nov, 2014 | 9:00 am

According to Minister of National Heritage Dr. Jagath Balasuriya a special investigation will be launched at ministerial level to look into the break-in at the National Museum in Colombo. He added that investigations will be carried out as per the instructions of the Ministry Secretary.

Furthermore, statements will be gathered regarding the incident from officials who were on duty at their relevant stations. Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana stated that statements have been recorded from twelve persons thus far.

The Police Media Spokesperson also noted that persons who were engaged in renovation work, security officials and security guards were also questioned. Fingerprints which were discovered at the vicinity have not yet been identified.

It has been suspected that robbers broke into the Department of Clay and Clothing Artifacts, which is situated on the second floor of the museum, sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning. Minister Jagath Balasuriya points out that the CCTV cameras which were installed in the premises were removed at the time owing to renovation work.

 

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