Police arrest two men in area bank robberies

Two men from Middlesex County were arrested July 14 in connection with five bank robberies earlier this year in Middlesex and Somerset counties.

David Stankovits, 38, of Milltown, and Dean Vourderis, 49, of New Brunswick, were charged with robbery and conspiring to commit the robberies.

Stankovits is accused of robbing three banks and serving as Vourderis’ getaway driver in a fourth bank heist. Vourderis was charged with robbing two banks and serving as Stankovits’ getaway driver in three robberies, according to a press release from Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan.

Stankovits was arrested at his home July 14, while Vourderis was apprehended during a motor vehicle stop the same day on Route 1 in North Brunswick.

The investigation determined that one man would wait outside the bank while the other went in, handed tellers a note and fled with undisclosed amounts of cash on various dates between Jan. 26 and March 23, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Stankovits was charged with robbery and Vourderis was charged with conspiracy in the heists Jan. 26 at the PNC Bank on Georges Road in North Brunswick and Feb. 10 at the Provident Bank on Route 27 in North Brunswick.

Vourderis was charged with robbery and Stankovits with conspiracy in a robbery on Feb. 20 at Investor Savings on DeMott Lane in Franklin Township.

In addition, Stankovits was charged with robbery and Vourderis with conspiracy in a heist on March 23 at the TD Bank on Milltown Road in East Brunswick.

Authorities said Vourderis acted alone in a robbery May 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the PNC Bank on Route 130 in Cranbury.

The men were arrested following a lengthy investigation by Investigator Brian Lubeski, Investigator Colin VanDemark and Agent John Selesky of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office; Detective Justin Berger of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office; Cranbury Police Detective Rob Giaccone; East Brunswick Detective Eric Raps; Franklin Township Detective Brian Stillwell; Detective Steven Dunkel and Detective Seeta Jones of the North Brunswick Police Department; Perth Amboy Police Detective Carl Gram; and Special Agent Carrie Brzezinski and Special Agent Stephen Siegel the FBI.