Rome (July 26, 2017): Italian police claimed to have 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.
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.