EDISON - An alleged serial bank robber accused of hitting eight banks in four towns is off the streets.

Investigators say Steven Wisnowski, 30, is responsible for three bank robberies in Edison, two in Brick, two in Toms River, and one in Aberdeen.

Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan says the thief apparently used what turned out to be a fake gun. "It was a potentially life-threatening situation to actually go into the bank and hold the bank up," he says.

It all ended Tuesday, when Edison police say they caught him red-handed at the Fulton Bank on Oak Tree Road.

"He was under surveillance," Bryan says. "He was our suspect. And again, when he went in, committed the robbery, our guys were right there to apprehend him." There was a brief chase, but Wisnowski was caught.

Bryan says the capture was a multi-jurisdictional effort to get what they're calling a brazen serial bank robber off the streets. Law enforcement agencies from Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties were part of the investigation. 

Wisnowski is being held at the Middlesex County Jail on charges of robbery and terroristic threats.