The holiday is over for at least one Bay Ridge bank robber.
The feds have arrested the man dubbed “The Holiday Bandit” for robbing nine banks in New York and New Jersey during the season of giving — including the Ridgewood Savings Bank on Third Avenue on Dec. 23.
Authorities nabbed 35-year-old Marat Mikhaylich in Queens at around 9:30 am on Monday after spotting a gold Toyota Camry that the 6-foot-5 Ukrainian native allegedly stole after completing a heist in New Jersey, a western suburb. He’ll be arraigned in Brooklyn federal court later today.
“The Holiday Bandit’s three-month bank robbery spree has come to an end,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge Janice Fedarcyk. “This should serve as a stark reminder to anyone who wishes to brandish a weapon, rob a bank, and put the lives of innocent civilians at risk: we will find you and bring you to justice.”
Mikhaylich, who has no prior criminal record and no known address, allegedly did most of his dirty deeds in Staten Island and Queens, but hit Brooklyn twice.
In the Bay Ridge crime, cops say that Mikhaylich entered the bank, which is between 85th and 86th streets, at about 10 am and handed the teller a note.
“This is a robbery,” it said. “I have a gun. Give me all the money.”
The teller did as he was told, but the thief wasn’t satisfied, pulling out his gun, waving it at the other tellers and forcing one to give him more money. In the end, Mikhaylich made off with more than $4,300, cops said.
Mikhaylich is also accused of robbing Capital One Bank on 13th Avenue near 46th Street in Kensington.
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