'Motorcycle bandit' brought before Ramle court

December 6, 2012 19:36

Shackled with his head buried underneath his jacket, a man police say is the “Motorcycle Bandit 2”, the #1 target of the Central District police was brought into the Ramle Magistrate's Courthouse, where his remand was extended until next Wednesday.

Surrounded by a dozen police officers, Gabi Kosanosky of Rishon Letzion was brought before the judge and a phalanx of photographers befitting his alleged status as a serial bank robber, responsible for hitting at least 15 banks in central Israel over the past year and a half.

The former Border Patrol officer stands accused of armed robbery and murder, as police believe he pulled off the armed robbery of a Bank Hapoalim in Beer Yaakov in August in which security guard Yaniv Engler was shot dead.

Detectives originally requested a 15-day remand extension during the hearing. They told the judge on Thursday that Kosanosky cooperated with investigators after he was caught robbing a bank in Beer Yaakov Wednesday night, and that he confessed to at least two of the robberies. They added that he did not however confess to the shooting of Engler.

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