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Thanks for the great disguise! I used it to pull of a heist!

Posted by on Aug. 24, 2012 at 10:39 AM
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New York Robbers Unmasked by Grateful Note for Their Disguise

What could have been the perfect crime was undone when the identity of the alleged robbers was unmasked by a grateful note thanking a company for the disguise.

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.

For months cops thought they were looking for two white suspects, when the investigation received an important tip.

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 and Monsalvatge are black.

According to the company's website "Mac is designed for ultimate human realism." The company sells the silicon mask starting at $569, but it can be customized with fake hair, including the goatee the thieves allegedly used.

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.

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SuperChicken
by on Aug. 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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Wow, the mask is pretty realistic.   I love how the robber is polite enough to send a thank you note, lol.     Polite but stupid.

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Aug. 24, 2012 at 10:51 AM
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Thank goodness most criminals are idiots, You don't expect polite now that was a pleasant surprise.

iamcafemom83
by Bronze Member on Aug. 24, 2012 at 11:21 AM
I read this last night and was smh at this!!
It is an ugly thing they did, but so well thought out.
Amazing how they were caught. Idiots.
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pamelax3
by Gold Member on Aug. 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM

What a bunch of idiots..

shannonnigans
by Platinum Member on Aug. 24, 2012 at 11:29 AM
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I think they should get time off for politeness. Nobody takes the time to write a nice thank you note these days, it was refreshing to read that.
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Radarma
by "OneDar" on Aug. 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM

 Derrrrr. What a hoot! Silly robbers, thank you notes are for kids!

mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Aug. 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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I know for a minute I thought - I bet his grandmother is so proud of him for that thank-you note.

Quoting shannonnigans:

I think they should get time off for politeness. Nobody takes the time to write a nice thank you note these days, it was refreshing to read that.


mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Aug. 24, 2012 at 11:46 AM
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Well actually thank you notes are for polite people. Why would you think it's only kids who should send thank you notes - aka thank someone for kindness or in this case a job well done.

Quoting Radarma:

 Derrrrr. What a hoot! Silly robbers, thank you notes are for kids!


isaiahsmomma86
by on Aug. 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM
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it's a play on the trix cereal commercial. LOL "silly rabbit, trix are for kids". lol she wasnt being serious! geeze. 

Quoting mikiemom:

Well actually thank you notes are for polite people. Why would you think it's only kids who should send thank you notes - aka thank someone for kindness or in this case a job well done.

Quoting Radarma:

 Derrrrr. What a hoot! Silly robbers, thank you notes are for kids!



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OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Aug. 24, 2012 at 12:03 PM

 I love stupid criminals...

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