A man who allegedly threatened to blow up a number of banks and stole nearly $250,000 in the region was arrested.

On Tuesday, 29-year-old Yosef Ziegler was arrested in connection with four bank robberies in Dutchess, Rockland and Bergen counties from January 24, 2019, through October 29, 2019.

“In quick succession, Yosef Ziegler allegedly committed a series of daring broad-daylight bank robberies in New York and New Jersey. Ziegler’s alleged conduct not only put bank employees, law enforcement, and the public at risk. Traumatic events such as this can also cause lasting undue emotional distress on victims and bystanders. Yosef Ziegler now stands accused of bank robbery charges which could potentially earn him 25 years in federal prison," U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said.

According to the allegations in the Complaint:

  • On January 24, 2019, at approximately 4:20 p.m., Ziegler entered a bank in Pomona announced that he had a bomb, displayed a cylindrical device attached to wires, and demanded that employees empty the bank’s vault. He collected approximately $76,000 in United States currency and then fled.
  • On April 17, 2019, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Ziegler entered a bank in Park Ridge, New Jersey, announced that he had a bomb, and demanded that employees empty the bank’s vault. He collected approximately $30,150 in United States currency and then fled.
  • On June 25, 2019, at approximately 11:50 a.m., Ziegler entered a bank in Wappingers Falls, New York, announced that he had a bomb, with a device in his hand attached to wires that connected to his belt, and demanded that employees empty the vault and teller draws. He collected approximately $22,500 in United States currency and then fled.
  • On October 29, 2019, at approximately 12:00 p.m., Ziegler entered a bank in Fishkill, New York, wielding what appeared to be a firearm, which he pointed at employees while demanding that they empty the bank’s vault. He collected approximately $105,000 in United States currency and then fled.

Combined he's accused of stealing $233,000 from the four robberies.