Buffalo's Most Wanted: James Keitz

Posted at 11:27 PM, May 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-19 23:27:43-04

“Give me money, if you call police, I detonate a bomb...”

That threat, scrawled on a piece of paper by the suspect, James Keitz, during a bank robbery in Amherst.

One week later, police say he did it again, but since October 2015, nothing. That makes him one of Buffalo's most wanted.

The FBI says 47-year-old Keitz robbed two banks in one week back in October 2015.

The FBI says Keitz entered the M&T Bank on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Surveillance footage captured him wearing a sweatshirt, black pants and a baseball cap.

The FBI says Keitz displayed a demanding note to the cashier.

Seven days later, Keitz entered the Northwest Bank in Olean using a similar note, took the money and took off on a stolen bike.

The FBI says he is no stranger to bank robberies.

“The apprehension of Keitz has been problematic. He lives a very transient lifestyle. He’s essentially homeless. He was convicted of a prior bank robbery in which he walked from Virginia to Lake Placid, New York and robbed a bank in that area.”

Special agents say that during that 1999 bank robbery, Keitz pulled out a toy gun, forcing officers to shoot him in the shoulder.

Keitz is five feet 10 inches tall and 160 pounds. He has brown hair and green eyes.

The FBI believes he could be in Western New York or Florida.

The Buffalo office of the FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his capture.