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Italian Cancer Patient Goes on Crime Spree

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Italian Cancer Patient Goes on Crime Spree

Italian Cancer Patient Goes on Crime Spree

Italian Cancer Patient Goes on Crime Spree

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An Italian man was diagnosed with incurable lung cancer. And he wanted to ensure his family's finances before he died. According to an Italian newspaper, the 53-year-old man started robbing banks. Police described him as a pleasant and cultured man who walked into a bank and said he had a bag of plastic explosives. It was a bluff, but it worked so well that he was able to rob the same bank three times. He robbed a total of 10 banks before being caught.