FBI nabs alleged ‘Route 91 Bandit’ in connection with string of bank robberies

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Staff Writer
Published: 12/4/2022 12:26:05 AM
Modified: 12/4/2022 12:25:42 AM

The FBI has arrested the man suspected of robbing at least 14 banks along Interstate 91 in western Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut, including three banks in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region.

Taylor Dziczek, 30, of Chicopee, was apprehended Thursday on a federal criminal complaint charging him with robbing a Connecticut bank earlier this year. Authorities also suspect Dziczek of robbing 13 other banks since September 2021, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut.

Dziczek, who had been dubbed “the Route 91 Bandit” by authorities, appeared Thursday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Richardson in Hartford, Connecticut, and was ordered detained. The charge of bank robbery carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

The local banks Dziczek is believed to have robbed are Workers Credit Union on Tower Road in Athol on Nov. 5, 2021; Greenfield Cooperative Bank on Avenue A in Montague on Dec. 16, 2021; and Franklin First Federal Credit Union on Newton Street in Greenfield on Jan. 27, 2022.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut, Dziczek allegedly removed some of the paper money wrappers from the cash he took from a teller at a bank he robbed in Plainville, Connecticut, and discarded the wrappers at the bank before fleeing the scene. Plainville Police detectives collected the discarded money wrappers as evidence.

It is also alleged that on Oct. 21, 2022, FBI special agents surveilled Dziczek while he was in the MGM Springfield casino and retrieved a Red Bull energy drink can with a black straw he was observed drinking from. Laboratory analysis connected the DNA found on the black straw to the DNA found on the discarded money wrappers from the Plainville bank.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Daniel Cummings, Stephanie Levick and Nancy Gifford.

Reach Domenic Poli at dpoli@recorder.com or 413-930-4120.


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