'Rookie Robber' Benched

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - (12/05) -- A young man believed responsible for asmany as seven area robberies over the past two weeks--includinglast Saturday's at Sandia Laboratory FCU--was arrested earlyTuesday morning by local police and FBI agents, while a second manbelieved to be his mentor is still on the lam. Marc Dutch, 22, wasnicknamed the Rookie Robber because of his youth and his cooldemeanor in pulling off armed robberies. Agents believe he wasbeing coached by an older and more experienced bank robber becauseof his practiced method. The older mentor, identified as39-year-old George Hyatt, was spotted by police driving his car innortheast Albuquerque Tuesday, but Hyatt ditched his car and fledon foot. A dye pack exploded after Saturday's robbery, spilling reddye over both the cash and the demand note and prompting the robberto throw both out the window of the getaway car. Dutch wasidentified by fingerprints on the note. Dutch is believed to beresponsible for armed robberies at First Financial CU and NewMexico Central CU, as well as four local banks. Police said Hyatt'srecord includes four arrests for robbery, including a 2000 hold-upat New Mexico Central CU, one of the institutions the Rookieallegedly robbed.

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