Burglars Use 'The Town' Tactics In New York City

10/19/2011 08:04 am ET | Updated Dec 19, 2011

Here's the thing about movies: They aren't real. And while some may inspire audiences to do great things, the ones about crime probably aren't the films to emulate.

Even if they do get nominated for Oscars.

A team of alleged New York burglars learned that the hard way, getting arrested for pulling off a yearlong burglary spree with tactics that they told the NYPD were borrowed from Ben Affleck's 2010 film, "The Town." That flick -- starring Affleck and Jeremy Renner as two of the four buddies ripping off banks and armored trucks, with Jon Hamm as the FBI agent pursuing them -- allegedly inspired the burglars to douse ATMs and cash registers with bleach to destroy DNA evidence.

Overall, the AP reports, the team of five burglars allegedly nabbed $217,000 from 62 different small pizza joints, delis and convenience stores before getting caught.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story stated that the group was committing robberies and burglaries, when they were allegedly only involved in the latter.