Three accused in film-inspired race switching US heist
NEW YORK CITY (AFP) - Three black men who allegedly disguised themselves as white policemen in a real-life version of a hold-up scene in a Hollywood film have gone on trial in New York.
Prosecutors say the three men paid special effects company CFX Composite Effects for cinema-quality masks that helped them pose convincingly as white officers of the New York Police Department.
The disguises helped them get away with US$200,000 (S$255, 000 )from a cheque-cashing store in the New York borough of Queens in a heist allegedly inspired by one featured in Ben Affleck's 2010 film "The Town."
As in the movie, masked robbers dressed as cops doused the crime scene with bleach to destroy DNA traces and showed a clerk pictures of her home to intimidate her into cooperating, according to the prosecution.