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Realistic mask used to rob bank

posted by Jason Kottke   Dec 09, 2010

I told you that someone was gonna use one of these to rob a bank someday.

A white bank robber in Ohio recently used a “hyper-realistic” mask manufactured by a small Van Nuys company to disguise himself as a black man, prompting police there to mistakenly arrest an African American man for the crimes.

In October, a 20-year-old Chinese man who wanted asylum in Canada used one of the same company’s masks to transform himself into an elderly white man and slip past airport security in Hong Kong.

News reports of similar exploits have increased the demand for the masks.