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NYC thieves copy strategy from 'The Town'

Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner appear in a scene from the 2010 movie 'The Town.' (Warner Bros. Entertainment)

October 19, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A group of suspected thieves in New York got their crime strategy straight off of the big screen.

They told police that they got the idea for covering their tracks from the movie, "The Town."

In the film, which stars Ben Affleck and John Hamm, bank robbers used bleach to destroy DNA evidence.

Several people arrested for a string of burglaries in New York City told detectives they tried the same thing, splashing bleach on ATMs and cash drawers. But it obviously didn't work.

Four suspects are waiting to appear in court, and a fifth person is already in jail.

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