Sovereign Bank

Posted by Zotta Rendevouz

Sovereign Bank: A Ukrainian man who federal authorities said they robbed a string of banks, which earned him a place among the most wanted by the FBI and the nickname of "Bandit Holiday", was arrested yesterday morning in Queens.

Investigators said they believed the suspect, Marat G. Mikhaylich robbed nine banks since early December, when he passed a note demanding money to a cashier in a bank in Queens Supreme. The series has ended, officials said, as he emerged from a Cathay Bank in Edison, NJ, on Monday, armed with a gun.

Mr. Mikhaylich managed to elude authorities in more than two months, even after the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the primary audience was identified as a suspect in January, the diffusion of CCTV images clearly showed his face. Meanwhile, Mr. Mikhaylich not keep a low profile: instead, he flew six banks, authorities said.

Monday ', officials said Mr. Mikhaylich service names are called to take him around the corner from Cathay Bank. When the driver saw that the Lord Mikhaylich had a gun, the driver got out and fled, leaving a gold 2007 Toyota Camry rear. Mr. Mikhaylich then jumped on the driver's seat and went away, "said Diego G. Rodriguez, special agent in charge of the criminal division of the New York office of the FBI

It would appear Mr. undo Mikhaylich, because sometimes a car is easier to detect than one person. A New York Police Department surveillance camera network that scans license plates of passing cars, provided a central part of the assistance that helped lead to his arrest, police said. The FBI also monitored their phone, two law enforcement officials said.

Little is known about Mr. Mikhaylich which at 6-foot-5, stands in the crowd. Investigators say they believe he lived in California for a while, and moved to New York a year ago. When I speak with English speakers, it goes to Mark.

Investigators believe he is a heroin user, and believe he robbed the banks to raise enough money to keep his addiction goes, a person knowledgeable about the investigation said. Addiction is not an unusual feature for people caught stealing from banks, said agents who pursue them.

Mr. Mikhaylich first seven bank robberies were in New York City, but it was his eighth in New Jersey, in late February, researchers say. The FBI named him Bandit because of the robbery rate increased for the Christmas holidays.

Wallet theft suspect Toyota expanded and played a role in his capture.

One of the police cameras that are prevalent throughout the city, had spotted the license plate of the Toyota as it traveled in Queens on Monday night or Tuesday morning, police said. A detective at police headquarters in Manhattan, Brian Bourke, discovered on Tuesday morning. Federal agents and police officers were dispatched to the scene and found the car, officials said.

"We have seen into his vehicle, so we made a stop at a red light to avoid a car chase," said Rodriguez. At the time of his arrest, Mr. Mikhaylich a 9 mm pistol stuck in his belt, "said Rodriguez, adding he" was very cooperative when we stopped. "

Rodriguez said that Mr. Mikhaylich scheduled to robbery with great care and only this week went better than most to avoid detection.

"Our investigators are going to look under every rock you can until you find one, and this is a perfect example of that," said Rodriguez.

indictment of Mr. Mikhaylich Federal District Court in Brooklyn was postponed on Tuesday because he needed medical attention, a police officer.