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NEW YORK (AP) -- Witnesses say three black men disguised themselves as white police officers with lifelike masks to rob a New York City check-cashing store of $200,000.
 
Witnesses at the suspects' trial in Brooklyn federal court on Tuesday described how the alleged thieves fooled them with the get-ups.
 
Prosecutors say the trio planned the heist for two months, theorizing that concealing their race would help them avoid detection.
 
They say the men got their masks from CFX Composite Effects. The special-effects company has done work on such movies as "Wolverine."
 
The New York Post  says the robbers apparently were inspired by the 2010 Ben Affleck movie "The Town" in which the robbers wear masks and police uniforms.
 
The Pay-O-Matic in Queens was robbed in February 2012.  
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