‘Race-switch’ Robbers Found Guilty On All Counts


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By Selim Agar, Nypost.com


Image from the film ‘The Town’

The trio of black robbers who donned Hollywood-grade masks to appear Caucasian during the stickup of a Queens check cashing joint were found guilty on all counts in Brooklyn federal court today and each face life in prison. (…)Drawing their criminal inspiration from the Ben Affleck flick “The Town,” the crew shelled out nearly $3,000 for three masks and dressed up as cops during the heist that netted them a $200,000 windfall.


The ‘Mac the Guy’ mask used during robbery.

The threesome immediately embarked on a coast to coast shopping spree from Manhattan to Beverly Hills as they gorged on luxury items including $1,600 Christian Louboutin shoes and $600 Louis Vuiton belts. The robbers managed to fool staffers at the check cashing store that they were white – but a trail of criminal miscues eventually led to their arrest and yesterday’s guilty verdict. (…) As in the film, the crew wore masks, doused the crime scene with bleach and intimidated staffers by announcing details of their personal lives. Prosecutors also revealed text message exchanges between the childhood buddies after the crime where they praised their collective handiwork and signaled a readiness for another heist.

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