We all know the saying ''All Good Things Must Come To An End'', well
it apparently applies to things that happen to be illegal as well.
For months the NYPD was trying to track down two suspects who were
posing as officers to pull off robberies, and due to a couple of
critical mistakes by the crooks they were finally able to bring them
ABC News reports: Police arrested Edward Byam, 24, and Akeem Monsalvatge, 37, on
Monday and charged them with wearing realistic Hollywood-style masks
and dressed as New York City detectives to knock over a Pay-O-Matic
check cashing facility on Valentine's Day in Queens, N.Y.
The suspects, wearing NYPD badges and jackets, baseball caps, and
dark sunglasses threatened a clerk by showing her photographs of her
home and made off with nearly $200,000, police said.
So how did cops catch two Black dudes when they supposedly were looking for White guys??
One suspect bore a striking similarity to "Mac the Guy," a silicon
mask manufactured by movie-makeup company CFX Composite Effects.
When investigators contacted the company, they were told Byam had recently emailed the firm in thanks for the mask.
"I'm sending this message to say I'm extremely pleased by CFX work on the mask," Byam allegedly wrote the company, as first reported by the New York Post and confirmed by the NYPD and the company. "The realism of the mask is unbelievable."
Byam had made another critical blunder, police said.
Cops traced the photo of the clerk's home, which was left at the
scene of the crime, to a Walgreen's pharmacy where the print was made.
The store was able to link a receipt for the prints to Byam's phone
number, cops confirmed.
The two men were charged Wednesday with robbery and impersonating an
officer and were ordered held without bond. It was unclear whether they
had obtained attorneys.
Criminals have increasingly turned to realistic masks in committing crimes.
In 2010, Canadian officials called the use of a mask an "unbelievable case of concealment" when a young Asian man tried entering the country illegally disguised as an elderly white man.
In: Regional News, WTF
Tags: mistakes, blow, cover, black, robbers, posing, white, cops
Location: New York, New York, United States (load item map)
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