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Five men in New York were allegedly using the tactics used in the 2010 film The Town to pull of real-life robberies. The NYPD stated that the group performed 62 burglaries using many of the moves shows in the film, which was directed and starred Ben Affleck.
The group started robbing businesses in New York in August 2010, cutting power to their target’s store and using headlamps to navigate in the dark. They also splashed bleach on ATMs and cash drawers to get rid of DNA evidence.
NYPD spokesman said Tuesday that the suspects told detectives they’d watched the characters in The Town perform the same actions, according to NBC-New York.
The 2010 drama centered around lifelong friends who rob banks and armored trucks in Boston. Jeremy Renner was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role
Police say the real-life burglars made off with $217,000 after robbing delis, pizzerias and other stores in Brooklyn and Queens.
This wasn’t the first real-life crime inspired by the 2010 film. In May, bank robbers in Chicago used the same nun costumes that the robbers use in the film.
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