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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

'Holiday Bandit' Arrested in Queens

Marat Mikhaylich, known as the 'Holiday Bandit,' is in custody Tuesday afternoon after being arrested in Queens for a series of bank robberies

The man the FBI dubbed the holiday bandit was finally captured. The FBI and the NYPD arrested Marat Mikhaylich Tuesday morning in Queens at around 9:30 a.m.

He was wanted in connection with a string of nine bank robberies that started during the Christmas shopping season but continued into late March.

The FBI was tipped off to his location after a 2007 Gold Toyota Camry, which had been stolen yesterday, was found on 91st Avenue in Queens. The Feds claim Mikhaylich had stolen the car after allegedly robbing a Cathay Bank in Edison, N.J., on Monday.

That's bank robbery No. 9 since early December 2010. The 35-year-old Ukrainian is about 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs around 200 pounds. He speaks Russian but calls himself "Mark" with non-Russian speakers.

In addition to the latest robbery in New Jersey, he has hit four banks in Queens, two in Brooklyn, and one on Staten Island, authorities said.

The FBI said that Mikhaylich has also robbed these banks:

•Sovereign Bank, Rahway Ave, Woodbridge, N.J., Friday, February 25, 2011
•Investors Savings Bank, 35-02 Broadway, Astoria, Queens, Wednesday, February 16, 2011
•Capital One Bank, 4612 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, Sunday, February 13, 2011
•Capital One Bank, 1411 Forest Avenue, Staten Island, Friday, February 4, 2011
•Capital One Bank, 31-17 Broadway, Astoria, Queens, Wednesday, January 19, 2011
•Sovereign Bank, 24-29 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens, Wednesday, December 30, 2010
•Ridgewood Savings Bank, 8522 Third Avenue, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, Wednesday, December 23, 2010
•Sovereign Bank, 37-10 Broadway, Astoria, Queens, Thursday, December 9, 2010

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