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Stealing the plot: bank robbers swipe stick-up from 'The Town'

If you defended Ben Affleck's gripping "The Town" for its wised-up mix of far-fetched romance and gritty detail, you've just won a big ally: Reality.

Cynthia R. Fagen of the New York Post quips "This could become a habit" -- and goes on to report:

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"Two gun-toting robbers stole a scene right out of the Ben Affleck crime thriller 'The Town' by disguising themselves as nuns to knock over a Chicago-area bank.

"The unholy duo, a woman and a man, got away with a duffel bag crammed with enough cash to fill several church coffers, police and the FBI said yesterday.

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" 'Maybe they're fans of the Ben Affleck movie,' said Palos Heights Deputy Chief Dave Delaney. 'They were very creative. It took a lot of you-know-what to pull it off.'

"Surveillance video shows the pair wearing rubber masks under makeshift black clerical habits and gloves, just as in the 2010 movie, entering the TCF bank in the southwest suburb on Sunday, two minutes before the 2 p.m. closing time."

For the full story, click here .

I say, when it comes to the movie, Jeremy Renner, of "The Hurt Locker," carries "The Town" with a ferocious performance of a man who understands the code of the street and has no patience for anyone who broaches it.

Thanks to keen-eyed Gus Russo for shooting over the link.

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