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article imageThieves inspired by movie use bleach to cover up DNA in crimes

By Kevin Fitzgerald     Oct 21, 2011 in Crime
New York - A group of thieves in New York City decided to try a method they saw in a movie to cover their tracks after their crimes. Their plan entailed using bleach in order to erase their DNA from the crime scenes.
Their inspiration came from the 2010 movie "The Town" starring Ben Affleck. Affleck plays a character who is a leader of a ruthless group of thieves. They conduct a string of robberies and pride themselves on being able to steal anything they desire without being caught.
According to the New York Daily News, the thieves went on a 14-month long crime spree targeting several businesses in Brooklyn. They targeted businesses such as pizzerias, corner stores, and discount stores. They were even able to steal money out of ATMs. They would often cut power lines and use miners' headlamps to see in the dark.
Police dubbed them the "splash-and-dash" bandits, because they would pour bleach in the places they robbed in order to cover up their DNA evidence. They even reportedly poured bleach over ATMs and cash registers after they were emptied.
Reuters reports that the thieves were able to net a total of $217,000 during their crime spree.
A total of 4 men have been arrested in connection with the theft ring, while another suspect is currently incarcerated on an unrelated charge. It is unknown how the police were able to track the thieves and bring them to justice.
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