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3 robbers get 32 years in NY lifelike masks case

April 5, 2014
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Three black men using special-effects masks to look like white police officers have been sentenced to 32 years each for the 2012 robbery of a New York City check cashing business.

A Brooklyn federal judge handed down the sentences to Akeem Montsalvatge, Derrick Dunkley and Edward Byam Friday. They were convicted in August for the heist that prosecutors say was inspired by the 2010 Ben Affleck movie "The Town."

Prosecutors say they stole $200,000 from a Queens Pay-O-Matic. They say just like in the movie, the men poured bleach on the scene and told employees details of their lives.

The Daily News ( says they'll appeal.

The men got their masks from a company that's worked on movies such as "Wolverine."

Authorities used surveillance video to determine their true identities.


Information from: Daily News,



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