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Gun Toting Bulgarian Immigrant Martha’s Vineyard Family Man Sells Family Minivan On Facebook After Using It To Rob Falmouth Bank


This is Petar Petyoshin from Edgartown.

According to his Facebook page he’s a Bulgarian immigrant and gun toting father of 3, who works for the town of Oak Bluffs as a water operator, and owns a clothing store called Dapper’s Martha’s Vineyard.

Earlier in the week this family man was arrested for a bank robbery he allegedly committed a month prior in Falmouth, in which he wore makeup and a wig, held victims at gunpoint, tied them all up, said he had a bomb, stole a car, then stole a car, drove it to his family minivan, abandoned the stolen car, got back on the ferry with this minivan and went home.

Federal agents arrested an Edgartown resident for his connection to an armed bank robbery in Falmouth on April 8 after a weeks-long investigation involving multiple agencies. Cape and Islands District Attorney Robert J. Galibois’ office issued a press release on Tuesday announcing the arrest of 40-year-old Petar Petyoshin in last month’s robbery of the Rockland Trust bank at 20 Davis Straits in Falmouth. Petyoshin, a husband and father of three, was taken into custody Tuesday morning by State Police at the Martha’s Vineyard Registry of Motor Vehicles, and arraigned a few hours later in Falmouth District Court on charges of armed and masked robbery with a firearm, bomb/hijack threat, larceny over $1,200, carjacking, and seven counts of kidnapping. 

Police say Petyoshin, a water operator with the Oak Bluffs Water District and local business owner, robbed the bank on April 8 disguised in a wig and surgical mask, and brandishing a handgun. He also threatened to use a bomb. Bank employees present at the time of the robbery told investigators that he “approached [a] teller, placed a device on the counter, and informed us it was C-4 … He pointed a gun at customers, telling them they are being robbed.”

Did he really have to say they were being robbed? I feel like having a gun pointed at my head by a man in a wig is pretty self explanatory.

Witnesses say the man placed signs on the entrance of the bank warning customers not to come in. A woman and her nephew entered the bank shortly after. “We tried to leave,” the nephew told police in court documents obtained by The Times. “Then the man proceeded to pull out a gun and point it at us while mentioning a bomb that was placed on the counter.”

In fairness, he did put up a sign.

Some bank witnesses described the suspect as a heavyset male, who used a “phony accent.” Other witnesses described the man speaking “with an Eastern European accent.”

Yea, I don’t think that’s a fake accent. I can smell the Stop & Shop brand baklava on this Eurotrash from Woods Hole.

After ordering bank staff to “[fill] up a Walmart bag full of cash,” the man forced the three employees, and four patrons present to zip-tie one another. According to Falmouth Police records, the man left the bank with the supposed bomb, a customer’s Ford Flex, and around $21,500 in stolen cash. 

In a statement to the police after the incident, one witness said although the device was “the fakest-looking C-4 I had ever seen,” the handgun pointed at people appeared to be real, and loaded. The witness said he “saw the brass of the bullets when the suspect turned the handgun sideways.” Investigators later identified Petyoshin and his vehicle through witness descriptions and video surveillance from nearby businesses, including the Steamship Authority, before and after the robbery, the DA’s office says.

“Police received Steamship Authority information that he (Petyoshin) came over on the steamship that day at 7 a.m.,” said Giardino. “Through multiple surveillance videos, (police) observed him getting off the boat in Woods Hole multiple times and then going to Walmart where he purchased eyeliner, cutting shears for hair, and a white T-shirt.”

According to reports, a man loosely matching the description of the suspect was captured in surveillance photos less than 20 minutes after the heist. He was seen near the bank customer’s stolen Ford Flex, which was abandoned next to Teaticket Park. The man was then seen on camera getting into a 2007 silver Hyundai Entourage at the Teaticket Park Highway parking lot before driving to Woods Hole ferry terminal, where he parked in the waiting line.

According to police, the man at the terminal was seen “wearing the same distinctive sneakers worn by the suspect of the bank robbery [at] Rockland Trust earlier in the morning.”

Petyoshin’s name was first brought up after investigators looked into the registered owners of the exact make and model of the car. Similarly, surveillance photos of the van were consistent with Petyoshin’s Hyundai, which had a Star Wars decal of a TIE Fighter on the hood.

Pro tip – if you’re gonna rob a bank, don’t take the family minivan with the Star Wars decal on the hood. It will be much easier to find you.

The Steamship Authority was able to confirm that Petyoshin, in his registered vehicle, departed Vineyard Haven to Woods Hole at 7 am and returned at 1:15 pm on the day of the robbery. Police also gathered cell phone records confirming his whereabouts. 

He should hire Adam Lally to be his attorney. Just say the cell phone records are fake, offer no proof, and a menopausal judge will have your back in a heartbeat.

Additional details provided by investigators reveal that Petyoshin has been under surveillance by the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) Special Investigations Unit–FBI Violent Crimes Task Force since as early as May 1. GPS was installed on the Entourage on May 3. MSP was granted permission by Falmouth District Court to install video surveillance outside his Edgartown residence the next day. 

The feds had him under surveillance for weeks, and instead of keeping a low profile Zack Boris went on Facebook and posted nonstop videos of of the small arsenal of guns he owned.

Oh, and he also posted a video of his toddler sign driving a car.

Pretty much everyone who commented on the video in Bulgairan agreed that this was a normal thing for a child to do, as I picture the streets of Bulgaria having no shortage of 6 year old Uber drivers.

Here’s the best part – he bought a Mercedes with the $21K grand he stole from the bank, then tried selling the minivan on a local Facebook group, claiming that the family vehicle had served its purpose for him already.

Pros – fresh oil change

Cons – will likely get pulled over and arrested for robbing a bank shortly after purchase

The post is still there, so it’s not too late to get your offer in. It’s marked down from $4,999 to $4,999! Who doesn’t buy used cars on Facebook?

The most ironic part about Zack Boris is that the Eastern European family man with a gun fetish is a big fan of Bernie Sanders and liberalism in general.

Wait till he finds out their position on excessive gun ownership.

He’s also a former bus driver who participated in a strike in 2019.

And in 2017 he was quoted in the Martha’s Vineyard Times while participating in a rally that was designed to force Donald Trump to resign from office. Shockingly Trump did not give into their demands:

Protester Petar Petyoshin said America has always been the “melting pot of the world,” and he wants the rest of the globe to see our country as a place of acceptance and inclusivity. “The future of America is not white, it’s a rainbow of colors. As soon as people realize and accept that, we can move forward,” Petyoshin said.

This guy is the poster child for immigration reform. That’s not to say that immigrants are inherently bad, or that we shouldn’t welcome them in our country. But if you’re gonna seek out publicity and rant about the importance of having a “melting pot,” you probably shouldn’t immigrate here, turn your house into Fort Sumter, complain about what a horrible country this is, and terrorize innocent civilians by robbing banks in your family minivan.


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  1. Why do I hella suspect that if it was a Jamaican immigrant for example that got rolled for robbing this bank yr not ever ever EVER gonna be calling them Afro-trash and talking bout how their breath smells like cheap plantains from safeway? Bet you wouldn’t homey. Nice touch posting multiple pics of mans wife unblurred. Real classy.

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