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Bandits Snatch $1.7 Million from Boat in Venice

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(VENICE, Italy) -- Three armed bandits stole nearly $1.7 million in cash from a canal boat in Venice, Italy, on Monday, in a robbery experts say looked like it was pulled from the big screen.

An armored truck had just delivered three cases of money to a courier boat around 7 a.m. on Monday when the armed bandits pulled up in their own boat.  One man held a rifle to a security guard’s head while his accomplice jumped out from under a tarp, opened all three cases and then took the two cases holding bank notes, leaving behind the third case full of coins, according to Italian news agency ANSA.

The money stolen from the courier boat was destined for banks and post offices in Venice to pay the pensions of elderly veterans, according to reports.

Venice police did not release any additional information.

The real-life heist brought to mind the big screen hit, The Italian Job, a 2003 film starring Charlize Theron and Mark Walhberg about a team of thieves in Venice who hatch a plan to steal gold.

“Robbers do watch movies and they do get ideas about how to do things,” said former FBI agent and ABC News consultant Brad Garrett.

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