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Salisbury filmmakers arrested while filming armed robbery

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SALISBURY, Mass. (WHDH) - Sunday night a group of men was arrested inside a Salisbury gas station for what police thought was an armed robbery.

The incident came while many in the community are still on edge after police shot and killed a machete-wielding man but this time it turned out to be a miscommunication.

The four men turned out to be amateur filmmakers, but before shooting their robbery scene they forgot to tell police.

The scene looked so realistic passersby even called 911.

Once police figured out what was going on they charged the filmmakers with disorderly conduct.

"Just 15 cops come out of nowhere with assault rifles pointed at us, we really didn't have time to think, we just dropped to the ground, and they just arrested us right there,” Antoine Lee, one of the filmmakers, said.

In court the men apologized to a judge and pleaded guilty.

"Like we're really sorry for what we did, obviously, we should've done it a different way.  Alerted the proper authorities."

The men were each sentenced to eight hours of community service.
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