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Transient sought in Amherst, Olean bank robberies

A man suspected of robbing two Western New York banks last October is being sought by the FBI.

Federal authorities issued an arrest warrant last month for Michael James Keitz, the FBI said Wednesday.

Keitz, 46, is suspected of robbing an M&T Bank branch on Niagara Falls Boulevard, Amherst, on Oct. 2 and a Northwest Savings Bank branch on West State Street, Olean, on Oct. 9.

Keitz, described by the FBI as a transient with no known address, is comfortable spending time outdoors and has regularly walked long distances, including once from Virginia to New York, officials said.

He is a convicted felon and could be anywhere in the country, according to the FBI. Keitz is 5-foot, 10-inches tall and weighs 160 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes, with scars on his chest and left forearm.

Federal officials warn Keitz should be considered armed and dangerous.

Keitz claimed he had a bomb in the first robbery and threatened to shoot a teller in the Olean robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI in Buffalo at 856-7800.