The so-called Holiday Bandit, thought to have robbed seven banks in New York over the last three months, has struck again, according to the F.B.I. But this time he picked a target in New Jersey.
A Sovereign Bank in Woodbridge, N.J., was robbed Friday afternoon, and F.B.I. investigators believe it was the work of Marat G. Mikhaylich, a Ukrainian immigrant who is the prime suspect in a string of bank robberies that began in early December, according to an F.B.I. statement.
Mr. Mikhaylich, who is 6-foot-3 to 6-foot-5 and goes by “Mark,” has netted about $50,000 from the eight robberies, a law enforcement official said.
The F.B.I. released surveillance video still photos from Friday’s holdup that show a tall man, his face mostly shielded by the brim of a black Sacramento Kings cap, casually brandishing a handgun as he stands before a teller. After receiving some money, he fled on foot, according to a law enforcement official.
The bank robber apparently continued to keep busy as the New York Police Department was about to complete the physical reassignment of the six detectives it had on the Joint Bank Robbery Task Force, working with federal agents at the unit’s office in the F.B.I. headquarters in Lower Manhattan.
In recent weeks, the Police Department decided that the volume of armed bank robbery cases was too small to justify the detectives’ continued presence at the task force’s office. Friday was their last day there. They are instead to work out of the satellite offices of the department’s Major Case Squad.