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Italian Bank Robbers Wear Trump Masks During Heists

Italian bank robbers wear Trump masks during heists
Image: Two brothers wearing Trump masks arrested in Turin
An Italian police officer holds Donald Trump masks used by two alleged thieves at a news conference in Turin, northern Italy, on July 24.Alessandro Di Marco / EPA

Italian police said on Monday they had arrested two brothers suspected of robbing dozens of cash machines while wearing masks of President Donald Trump.

The stunt evokes the 1991 film "Point Break" starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, in which a gang of surfers don masks of ex-U.S. presidents while robbing banks. But in a statement police said the brothers had been inspired by a different film.

According to the police statement, the two brothers were inspired by "The Jackal" to paint their white Mercedes black. In the 1997 film, the protagonist, played by Bruce Willis, changes the color of his car because police are in pursuit.

Police display the Donald Trump masks and other tools used by two suspected thieves. Alessandro Di Marco / ANSA via AP

The brothers, aged 26 and 30, targeted cash machines near the northern Italian city of Turin.

In closed circuit footage of one of the robberies, one of the brothers in a Trump mask is seen covering the surveillance cameras in the lobby of a bank and planting an explosive in the cash dispenser.

He then ducks around a corner after lighting the fuse, just before a violent blast.