Police catch bank robber, checking if he's serial thief

December 5, 2012 22:45

Detectives from the YAMAR investigative unit caught a bank robber red-handed on Wednesday evening, and police are currently checking if the man is the same serial bank robber who has been knocking off banks across central Israel in recent months, including one robbery in August where a security guard was shot and killed.

In August police said they believed that a serial bank robber was on the loose, after a number of bank heists were carried out in close succession in the weeks and months prior.

The last known serial-bank robber in Israel was Rony Leibovitz, nicknamed the “Motorcycle Bandit.” In 1990, he robbed 21 banks on his motorcycle before being apprehended and sent to prison, where he served eight years.

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