Movie inspires bank robber

June 29, 2010 at 8:35 AM
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LONDON, June 29 (UPI) -- Police in Britain say a three-hour bank siege near Heathrow Airport bore similarities to Spike Lee's 2006 crime thriller Inside Man.

After storming Barclays bank in Ashford, the lone robber dressed in a forensic-style white boiler suit ordered everyone in the bank to suit-up and spray-paint the bank windows black so police couldn't see inside, The Daily Mail reported Tuesday.

The purpose of the suits was to make it impossible for authorities to tell the difference between the robber and the hostages, just like what happened in the Spike Lee movie.

Hostages wearing the suits were set free about an hour after the siege began.

Armed police pounced on the first man to leave the bank, mistakenly thinking he was the gunman, a witness said.

Two hours later the gunman, described as being in his 30s, surrendered.

It is believed the gunman was drunk and had a grievance with Barclays over a transaction, the Mail reported.

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