PLEASANTVILLE — A suspect wanted in a series of bank robberies in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware was captured Friday morning at a local motel.

Special Agent Jessica Weisman of the FBI’s Northfield office and Capt. Matthew Hartman of the Pleasantville Police Department confirmed the arrest of Thomas Dougher, 41, about 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Quality Inn in the 1000 block of the Black Horse Pike.

Dougher is suspected to have committed at least nine bank robberies in four states, Hartman said. He previously served time for 11 robberies in 2007.

Locally, Dougher is charged in three robberies: Dec. 23 at the PNC Bank on the Black Horse Pike in Pleasantville, Tuesday at the Sun National Bank in Northfield; and Friday at the PNC Bank in Absecon just prior to his arrest, Hartman said.

Shortly after the Absecon robbery, FBI and Pleasantville police started to check areas prior investigations revealed Dougher may be frequenting, which led to him being observed leaving a room at the Quality Inn and taken into custody without incident, Hartman said.

The vehicle Dougher used during the robberies, a silver Mazda 6 stolen from Maryland, was subsequently located in the parking garage of Caesars Atlantic City by Pleasantville police, Hartman said.

Dougher is a known gambler with ties to Atlantic City, Weisman said.

Assisting agencies included police departments in Absecon, Atlantic City and Egg Harbor Township, and Caesars security, Hartman said.

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