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FBI offers $5,000 reward for bank robbery suspect's capture

The FBI on Tuesday announced a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect wanted in two separate bank robberies in Western New York.

The incidents happened in October 2015, officials said.

James Keitz is being sought in connection with a robbery on Oct. 20, 2015, at a M&T Bank located at 1205 Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst, according to officials.

According to federal authorities, Keitz handed a teller a note that demanded money and contained a bomb threat.

After the teller gave him money, Keitz left the bank, officials said.

Federal authorities also identified Keitz as the suspect in a robbery on Oct. 9, 2015, at a Northwest Savings Bank located on West State Street in Olean, according to officials.

Authorities said Keitz was wearing a light-colored baseball cap when he went to a desk area containing banking forms and appeared to fill out a deposit slip. They said Keitz then entered the teller line and handed over a note to the teller demanding the teller give him money or "get shot," according to officials.

After the teller gave Keitz money, he allegedly fled the bank on a bicycle that he had stolen earlier in the day, but was later recovered by police, authorities said.

Keitz is believed to have relocated to Orlando in late December. Authorities said Keitz has been known to live a transient lifestyle in the past and by now could be anywhere in the country. He often walks long distances, they said, noting that Keitz once walking from Virginia to New York. They said he also is comfortable living in the outdoors and has no known address.

A federal arrest warrant was issued this month by the U.S. District Court for Keitz's arrest, officials said.

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