CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The FBI announced that Taylor Dziczek of Chicopee, also known as the “Route 91 bandit,” was apprehended Thursday.

Dziczek was dubbed the “Route 91 bandit” by the FBI because he is accused of 14 robberies, stealing more than $137,000 dollars from banks running all along the I-91 corridor in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire.

It was in a quiet Chicopee neighborhood where the alleged I-91 bandit’s multi-state bank robbing spree came to a end. A string of 14 robberies at banks and credit unions that started in September 2021 and ended August 2022.

According to the US Attorney’s office, the FBI along with state and local law enforcement had been investigating this multi-state crime spree. It was after Dziczek was identified as a suspect in the robbery of a People’s United Bank in Connecticut in May, things started to gel for law enforcement. According to the FBI, Dziczek left behind paper money wrappers which became evidence.

It was at the casino in October when the FBI was surveilling Dziczek and found DNA evidence on a beverage he was drinking, linking him to a crime scene. Dziczek was arrested on Thursday at his home here in Chicopee and taken into custody by the FBI.

The FBI complaint states laboratory analysis linked the DNA taken from the beverage to the DNA on the paper money wrappers left behind at the Peoples United Bank Robbery in May. Neighbors we spoke to said that Dziczek, 30, was quiet and kept to himself.

“That really shocked me. It’s like you never know who people are until all the police cars line up. You don’t know who you live with until you see all this happening,” said Aimee Turoczy, from Chicopee.

Dziczek appeared in federal court in Hartford Thursday. A spokesperson from the US Attorney’s office said he was ordered detained and the investigation remains ongoing.

In the most recent robbery on June 3, 2022, he gained access to the vault at TD Bank, located at 225 Daniel Webster Highway in Nashua, New Hampshire. The total loss was approximately $53,120, the largest amount that was stolen from each bank.

CAPTURED: FBI uses straw to link ‘Route 91 Bandit’ to bank robberies

On October 26th, authorities watched Dziczek at the MGM Casino in Springfield and took a straw from the Red Bull he was drinking. DNA on the straw matched the money wrappers he’d left in the Plainville robbery.

Dziczek was taken into custody without incident in Chicopee on Thursday, December 1st. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.

LIST: Route 91 Bandit Bank Robberies

Dziczek is accused of 14 robberies and one attempted robbery of approximately $137,388 at the following banks and credit unions:

  1. 9/9/21: Arrha Credit Union in West Springfield, MA – $5,000
  2. 9/20/21: American Eagle Credit Union in Enfield, CT – $7,950
  3. 10/4/21: People’s United Bank in Brattleboro, VT – $11,000
  4. 10/15/21: Webster Bank in East Windsor, CT – $2,402
  5. 10/21/21: People’s United Bank in Brattleboro, VT – $0
  6. 10/22/21: Webster Bank in Somers, CT – $8,353
  7. 11/5/21: Workers Credit Union in Athol, MA – $10,400
  8. 11/19/21: Liberty Bank in Avon, CT – $2,279
  9. 11/20/21: Savings Bank of Walpole in Keene, NH – $7,000
  10. 12/16/21: Greenfield Cooperative Bank in Turners Falls, MA – $5,990
  11. 1/6/22: Keystone Bank in East Windsor, CT – $1,880
  12. 1/21/22: Franklin First Federal Credit Union in Greenfield, MA – $2,800
  13. 5/26/22: Peoples United Bank in Plainville, CT – $7,085
  14. 6/3/22: TD Bank in Nashua, NH – $53,120
  15. 8/17/22: Liberty Bank in Meriden, CT – $12,129

MAP: Locations of Bank Robberies

PHOTOS: Serial Bank Robber

“I have a gun. Don‘t call 911. Don‘t set off any alarms.”

Note given to teller at Peoples United Bank in Plainville

WANTED POSTER: Serial Bank Robber

VIDEO: Workers Credit Union in Athol, MA – $10,400

COURT DOCUMENTS: Affidavit of Taylor Dziczek

Dziczek was convicted in 2017 of an unarmed robbery in a 2015 unarmed robbery at Easthampton Savings Bank in South Hadley of approximately $5,700.