Boiceville bank robber pleads guilty
By Jay Braman Jr.
The Mount Tremper man who was arrested in February for robbing a bank in Boiceville has plead guilty to the crime and faces up to 16 years in prison.
Last week, Nicholas Liakis Jr., 54, of 5455 State Route 212, made his plea in Ulster County Court.
Liakis entered the Community Bank on Route 28 in Boiceville shortly before noon on Wednesday, February 26 with a handgun and demanded money. He quickly fled the scene and drove home, which is about two miles west of the bank and left the car out in front of his residence. Police arrived at the bank quickly and were given a description of the car.
Within a few moments, the vehicle was spotted outside Liakis’s home, which is adjacent to the Mount Tremper Post Office, and police converged on the location. They blocked off that portion of Route 212 at its intersection with Route 28 and also about a half mile away on the opposite side of the residence where Route 212 meets Wittenberg Road. Police could be seen surrounding the structure and taking positions behind the post office and others buildings nearby.
In less than an hour after the heist, Liakis walked out of his residence and was placed under arrest.
Police found the proceeds of the hold up in the Liakis’s residence and a pellet gun believed to have been used in the crime.
Liakis was charged with felony first-degree robbery, felony first-degree criminal use of a firearm, felony third-degree grand larceny, and felony third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
Held without bail
After his arrest he was arraigned in the Town of Shandaken Justice Court before Judge Michael Miranda. He is currently in Ulster County Jail, being held without bail.
This is not Liakis’s first brush with the law. He was released in April 2012 from the Attica Correctional Facility after serving 22 years for four felony robbery convictions. Prior to that he served about five years between 1983 and 1988 at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora for grand larceny and robbery.
Liakis will be sentenced in September.