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*Michael Anthony Koselka Arrested “Sleeve Bandit” Bank Robber 16 Banks

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The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced today they are investigating the case of an Aptos man who has, since 2008, been the subject of a statewide search for numerous bank robberies.Officers from the Marysville Police Department responded to a report of an in-progress bank robbery Friday and arrested 54-year-old Michael Anthony Koselka following a high-speed chase.Koselka, who was known as the “sleeves bandit” for wearing shirts that had sleeves covered with tattoos, confessed to committing 16 bank robberies in the Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Madera, Monterey, Santa Cruz and Yuba County areas, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.Koselka was previously arrested for two bank robberies in the Monterey and Santa Cruz county areas. He was also identified as the bank robber in Carmel Valley and Castroville in 1995, according to the sheriff’s office.An investigation is currently underway regarding the robbing of a Washington Mutual bank in Carmel Valley that occurred last November, a Citibank in Carmel Valley that occurred last December and again in February. Koselka is being held on a $1 million dollar bail in the Yuba County Jail.Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Mark Stevens or Investigative Sgt. Terry Kaiser at (831) 755-3772 or any local law enforcement agency.

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