If you needed proof that things you see in the movies don't always work in real life, then today's news about a pair of New York diamond dealers being found guilty of staging a robbery at their own store should make the case quite nicely.
Diamond vendors Atul Shah and Mahaveer Kankariya apparently watched Guy Ritchie's film 'Snatch' one time too many. The greedy jewelers, looking to make some extra cash in a down economy, decided that the film's opening scene, one featuring a cast of robbers dressed as Hasidic Jews robbing a jewelry store, would make a pretty great real-life robbery. It might have, if the bumbling duo had actually managed to destroy the security cameras in the shop. Instead, cops were able to salvage the footage, which showed the men exchanging boxes of real diamonds for empty ones three hours prior to the heist. We're wondering if prosecutors could also have charged them with plagiarism...
Hit the jump for more details on the heist gone wrong.
The bumbling criminal masterminds could face up to 15 years in prison for the plot, which the judge called a "joke." It seems unlikely that one of their employees finds it funny, though -- they were forced to the floor at gunpoint and had no clue that the whole thing was a scam.
Shah and Kankariya turned to the outlandish scheme as a last resort. The duo was reportedly struggling with huge debts, and hired the thugs (who remain at large) to clean them out so they could claim over $7 million in insurance money. Not a bad plan, except when the robbers poured drain fluid into the CCTV cameras, it didn't destroy them, leaving behind some incredibly damning evidence for investigators. There's a lesson here, kids: Crime doesn't pay, outside of the movies.
Check out the scene that inspired the heist below.