SMH at these fools out here getting ideas from the movies. A trio of thugs stole the masked robbers concept laid out in the Hollywood flick “The Town” to carry out a $200K heist at a check cashing spot and almost got away with it except one of them decided to thank the costume company that provided their masks!
Via NY Post reports:
A crafty trio of black robbers bought amazingly lifelike disguises from a Hollywood special-effects firm to transform themselves into white guys for a brazen Queens heist — and their get-ups were so good, their victims had no clue they were in masks.
The Brooklyn federal court trial of Akeem Monsalvatge, Derrick Dunkley and Edward Byam opened yesterday with witnesses describing how they were completely fooled.
The perps spent two painstaking months plotting their $200,000 stickup of a Queens check-cashing store last year — and theorized that switching races would help them avoid detection, authorities said.
So the crew turned to well-known special-effects company CFX Composite Effects — which has worked on flicks including “2 Guns” and “Wolverine’’ — for their disguises, prosecutors said.
The men allegedly told company reps they needed the masks for a music video, and plunked down $2,000 for three masks.
The accused crooks were apparently inspired by the 2010 Ben Affleck flick “The Town.”
As in the movie, in addition to donning masks, the robbers dressed as cops, doused the crime scene with bleach to destroy DNA traces, and provided evidence to a victim to prove they knew where she lived in case she squealed.
Brooklyn prosecutors will introduce into evidence a photo of Monsalvatge wearing a T-shirt with a picture of one of the disguised men from the movie. He’s standing next to one of his alleged cohorts in the photo.
Authorities said they also plan to introduce four clips from the film — over the defense’s objections — showing the similarities between the reel- and real-life capers.
“They wore lifelike, custom-made, Hollywood-style special-effects masks that made them look like a team of white men,” said prosecutor Maria Cruz-Melendez.
Intending to appear as white cops, the Queens perps wore the NYPD clothing and badges as they pulled up to a Pay-O-Matic in Queens in February 2012 in a Ford Explorer, Cruz-Melendez said.
The men followed frightened employee Liloutie Ramnanan as she walked inside for work.
“I was scared for my life,’’ Ramnanan testified yesterday.
One crook showed her a picture of her own house and a gun to let her know the robbers meant business, she said.
“I was scared he would have shot me,” she explained.
Within roughly three minutes, the thieves raided a safe and a cash drawer of a total of $200,000 before fleeing in their vehicle.
The bamboozled staffers told arriving officers that they had just been robbed by three white men who had been posing as cops.
The major break in the case came after police discovered an e-mail from Byam to CFX offering a hearty endorsement after the robbery, according to police.
“I’m sending you this message to say I’m extremely pleased by CFX work on the mask,” he allegedly wrote.
“The realism of the mask is unbelievable.”
Meanwhile, the crooks began blowing their $200,000 windfall on pricey Gucci and Louis Vuitton threads, authorities said. One member of the crew even forked over $11,000 for Rolex watch.