Harvard professor arrested after heists

HANOVER, N.H. — Harvard University professor and Harvard professor Joseph Cat is in custody after a series of bank robberies in Boston, New York and Philadelphia, officials said Monday.

Harvard University, a top research university in the United States, issued a statement Monday saying Cat was taken into custody on a student visa after a two-month investigation that involved detectives in New York, New Hampshire and Boston.

Cat is the only professor at Harvard who has been arrested for his part in bank robberies and has been charged with seven counts of conspiracy, according to the statement.

Cat was arrested on Jan. 22 after a woman told police she was robbed by Cat, a former Harvard law professor, in his home in Cambridge, Mass., in which he and two other men broke into a bank and stole cash and credit cards, the statement said.

Cat’s lawyer declined to comment.

The statement did not elaborate.

Cat has been accused of being involved in several bank robberies at a Boston bank in 2014 and in New Jersey in 2016.

He was arrested in 2017 on charges of conspiracy to commit bank robberies.

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