Mt.Tremper man arrested in Boiceville bank robbery
By Jay Braman Jr.
A Mount Tremper man who served a 22-year term at Attica Correctional Facility finds himself back in jail after he allegedly robbed a bank down the street from his residence last week.
Nicholas Liakis Jr, 54, of 5455 Route 212, allegedly entered the Community Bank on Route 28 in Boiceville shortly before noon on Wednesday, Feb. 26 with a handgun and demanded money. Police say he quickly fled the scene and drove to his 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. 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.
Less than an hour after the robbery, Liakis walked out of his residence and was placed under arrest. Police found the proceeds from the hold up in the Liakis residence and a pellet gun believed to have been in the crime.
Liakis was charged with the following: 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.
Liakis was arraigned in the Town of Shandaken Justice Court before Judge Michael Miranda and 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 the felony charges of grand larceny and robbery.
For a couple of hours during the afternoon of the robbery, the Onteora Middle School/High School, located directly across the street from Community Bank, was placed on lockdown.
A spokesman for the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office said there were five employees and one customer in the bank at the time of the robbery and that no one was injured.