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Holbrook man linked to 9 Suffolk bank robberies, say cops

Troy Brinkhuis, 46, faces nine counts of robbery

Troy Brinkhuis, 46, faces nine counts of robbery after a three-month bank robbery spree in Suffolk County, police said.

A Holbrook man who police say went on a three-month bank robbery spree in Suffolk County was charged Friday with nine counts of robbery.

Police said Troy Brinkhuis, 46, was identified by investigators with the help of video surveillance cameras.

Brinkhuis was arrested without incident at 10:40 a.m. after police stopped his vehicle heading west on Sunrise Highway in West Babylon, police said.

Brinkhuis robbed Chase, Capital One and Citibank branches along the South Shore of western Suffolk County, each time handing a teller a threatening note demanding cash, according to police.

Police said the first two robberies, on April 8 and May 22, targeted the same Chase branch at 991 Main St. in Holbrook.

The other robberies, according to police:

On June 6, Brinkhuis robbed the Citibank branch at 835 Montauk Highway in Bayport.

Four days later, he hit the Capital One bank at 450 Union Blvd. in West Islip.

On June 11, he robbed the Chase branch at 2430 North Ocean Ave. in Farmingville.

On June 24, he robbed the Chase branch at 2650 Sunrise Highway in East Islip.

The next day, he hit the Capital One at 131 Portion Rd. in Ronkonkoma.

On Monday, he robbed the Chase bank at 472 Medford Ave. in Patchogue.

The last robbery was Thursday, at the Capital One branch at 1383 Deer Park Ave. in North Babylon.

Brinkhuis was being held overnight at the First Precinct, police said.

He was charged with nine counts of third-degree robbery, a felony, and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip Saturday.

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