An armed man and woman dressed as nuns robbed a Chicago bank on Sunday in a heist that the FBI said looked like a scene from the movies.

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On the run: Surveillance footage shows an armed robber in the raid on the Chicago bank
The masked thieves made off with a bag full of money after they raided the bank in Palos Heights wearing nun masks and habits like those featured in the film The Town, said the FBI.

Bank surveillance footage shows a resemblance to the eerie plastic-faced disguises that have slits for eyes that were worn by robbers in the 2010 film starring Ben Affleck.

Police said the suspects pulled out handguns and forced bank workers to hand over cash before they drove off.

The robbers went into the bank on Sunday afternoon just before closing time at 1:58pm.

They jumped over the counter and ordered a bank teller and the brank manager to the vault where a Nike duffel bag was filled with money.

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Getaway: The robbers made off with a Nike duffel bag that they ordered bank robbers to fill with cash.
The pair drove away in a silver four-day Chevrolet, which was seen driving north, according to police.

The robbery happened at the TCF bank at 127th Street and Ridgeland Avenue.

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Inspired? The robbery mirrors that of a raid in the 2010 film The Town.

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Movie: The film, starring Ben Affleck, had similarities to the heist on Sunday.
No customers were in the bank at the time of the robbery. Police are not disclosing how much money was taken.

Officers described the female suspect as a black woman, about 5'5 tall, wearing black boots, white gloves and armed with a semi-automatic pistol.

The male suspect is described as a black man, about 5'7 inches tall, wearing black-and-white gym shoes, black-coloured gloves and armed with a revolver.