Italian Cancer Patient Goes on Crime Spree 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.