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FITSNews – February 26, 2008 – While film-making brothers Joel and Ethan Coen were in California Sunday night raking in the Oscars for their latest flic, No Country For Old Men, one of the pair’s most critically-acclaimed features was being played out in real life at a jewelry store on the other side of the world.

In case you’ve never seen the 2004 cult classic The Ladykillers, it’s the story of an eclectic group of theives who tunnel underground to pull off a multimillion dollar heist. Well, that’s exactly what happened at Damiani’s in Milan, Italy Sunday night … from the New York Post:

Thieves pulled an Oscar-night heist by tunneling into a famous jewelry store in Milan, Italy, to swipe $20 million in gems – as company bosses partied thousands of miles away in Tinseltown.

As if ripped from the script for “Ocean’s 11,” seven thugs dressed as cops busted through Damiani’s cellar walls and tied up shocked employees before pocketing their loot Sunday night. The heist could have netted more. Some of Damiani’s most valuable jewels were an ocean and continent away, decorating Hollywood’s elite.

Tilda Swinton was wearing a Damiani diamond bracelet as she won best supporting actress for “Michael Clayton.” Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt have been among Damiani’s famous Hollywood customers.

Wow. The only way this story could possibly be any cooler is if the theives turned out to be jujitsu-proficient, machine gun-wielding ninja-babes who wore five-inch stilettos and 1920’s-style flapper masks (editor’s note: only) who debated the relevence of existentialist philosophy to the current social malaise via a dry, ironic wit expressed at random intervals during the heist.

Let’s face it … Millions in stolen diamonds + Boobs + Coen Brothers Film Noir techniques = something we’d pay to see, people.