Massachusetts man suspected of a string of bank robberies throughout New England arrested after DNA match




  • In US
  • 2022-12-01 21:27:00Z
  • By Hartford Courant

A Massachusetts man was charged in connection to a bank robbery in Plainville and is suspected of several more bank robberies throughout New England after investigators matched his DNA to the crime scene, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

Taylor Dziczek, 30, of Chicopee, Massachusetts was arrested on a federal complaint charging him with the robbery of a bank in Connecticut, the U.S. Attorney's office said. He is suspected of 14 robberies and one attempted robbery across four states - Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Vermont. A bank robbery charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

He appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Richardson in Hartford on Thursday.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been investigating the robberies alongside state and local law enforcement. The robberies, which occurred between September of 2021 and August of 2022, were seemingly carried out by one person, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

Investigators identified Dziczek as a suspect in the robbery of a People's United Bank on East Street in Plainville on May 26.

He allegedly entered the bank, approached the counter and gave the teller a note saying "I have a gun. Don't call 911. Don't set off any alarms." The teller reportedly told him that she had no more money at one point, and he then took out three more notes saying "Give me all the money," "I have a gun," and "Don't be a hero."

Dziczek reportedly removed some of the wrappers from the money he got from the teller and left them at the bank before fleeing. Investigators collected the wrappers as evidence, the U.S. Attorney's office said.

On Oct. 22, FBI agents were doing surveillance on him at MGM Casino in Springfield, Massachusetts and obtained a Red Bull can with a straw that he was reportedly drinking from. They then tested the DNA from the energy drink can and matched it to the wrappers from the money.

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